Welcome to our Religious Education page
We are extremely proud to be a Church of England Primary school, with a strong distinctiveness within this area. Our mission and vision is firmly embedded and rooted in school life and permeates everything that we do. We as a school all work extremely hard to ensure that we fulfil our mission statement in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
As a Church School, and in addition to OFSTED we are inspected under the ‘Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). Please see our most recent report under the Key Information section of the website.
Our children are very fortunate to be educated in lovely surroundings where we can appreciate God’s wonderful creations. The children at St James’ Lanehead are given opportunities to flourish and we encourage prayer and develop their own reflection.
At St James’ Lanehead we pride ourselves in providing a family environment that the children feel nurtured, comfortable and where they can flourish. We discuss the Big Questions with the children. We provide an environment to ask questions, search for answers and possibilities. We will encourage our children to celebrate some of these ‘ awe and wonder’ places and moments in the school. We have developed areas within the school grounds and have plans in place to develop these even further.
Children Leading Worship
We are very lucky to have a passionate group of children who work so hard to regularly lead worship within the school. The children were voted to do this role by their classmates, they enjoy this responsibility and demonstrate a good understating. The children ensure that others understand the purpose of worship and the symbolism of the three candles to represent light and the Trinity. The children’s worships contain a welcome, time for rejoicing, music, prayer and praise. Alongside, Bible readings, information, questions and presentations. The children also ask members of the school community to reflect upon the worships.
Throughout the year all the classes have the opportunity to lead worship. Parents and families are welcomed into the school to experience the class worship.
The Vision and Values team prepare special acts of worship for Christian festivals throughout the school year.
Spirituality in School
We are planning to hold a spirituality week within the school to deepen the children’s understanding of spirituality and what this means. We are looking forward to see the impact of this special week with the children.
The Learning Environment
We take pride within the school and work hard to ensure we involve the children. We ensure that the learning environment within the school becomes the silent teacher for the children. The displays within the school are uplifting and they demonstrate how we
challenge the pupils and how we develop the children to flourish. The learning environment demonstrates to the children the value of Thankfulness and how fortunate they are and this reflects their thoughts and feelings alongside their personal resilience and well being.
At St James’ Lanehead we believe that excellence within RE is supported by a mutual respect and reflective opportunities between teachers and pupils. We ensure that we plan RE in line with the Trust Deed of the school.
“Our church school seeks to inspire each individual to flourish, grow and learn with Jesus at the heart of all we do.”
Our Mission Statement (shown above) encompasses both John 10:10 and Psalm 92:13.
Our Learning Environment
Father Paul’s Religious Education Lessons
Here at St James’ Lanehead Primary School, we are very honoured to have an inspiring visitor to school on a regular basis. Father Paul, the Reverend at St James Church, comes into school to lead our Whole School Worships and our celebratory services such as Easter (take a look at the Worship Gallery for pictures of Father Paul’s “out-of-the-box” service with a very exciting take on the Last Supper! As well as this, he also comes into school to assist our class teacher’s with their Religious Education lessons. Take a look at the pictures below of Father Paul’s lesson in action!
Father Paul came to school for our Family Harvest Activity Session. Pupils, parents, grandparents and friends all came together to take part in harvest activities.
Where in the World?
We looked at a variety of produce to find out where in the world it came from! We found apples from New Zealand, coffee from Brazil, medjool dates from Arizona, passata from Italy, grapes from Spain and many other items. The pupils and visitors completed a quiz to see how many countries they could find on the map of the world.
Thank God for the Harvest
The pupils thought about all the gifts that God provides for them and wrote their own thank you prayers.
They all completed acrostic poems with words and phrases related to harvest.
Harvest Samba Dancing
Following Father Peter’s message we all enjoyed taking part in the Harvest Samba!
The Last Supper
Matthew 26:17-30 The Last Supper
17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”
18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve.21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”
22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”
23 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him.But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”
Jesus answered, “You have said so.”
26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
As part of our preparations for Easter, Father Paul and the pupils from Years 5 and 6, have been involved in preparing a very special performance. The performance which included narration, drama, music and prayers, re-enacted the events leading up to the Last Supper.
Lexie “I think that the worship that Father Paul did today helped us understand the events of Holy Week because I think that acting it out made it easier to understand.”
Zara “I have learnt so much more about the Easter story than I have ever known. I think re-telling the story through drama helped as it ensures that we would remember what we had done.”
“The Easter Holy Week assembly was amazing. It taught me so much like Jesus exact words when He gave the bread and wine. I enjoyed being able to take part in what He was doing in the drama. Everyone took part in a different way.”
“I enjoyed being in an assembly with my class, Father Paul and class 5/6. I learned that Peter didn’t want Jesus to wash his feet, but if Jesus didn’t wash his feet, he couldn’t be one of Jesus’ followers.” Daniel O
“I found out lots of things that I didn’t know before. I found it a lot easier to understand as it was acted out.”
An Easter prayer
God of glory, by the raising of your Son you have broken the chains of death and hell: fill your Church with faith and hope; for a new day has dawned and the way to life stands open in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen
The children introduced our value to the rest of the school for this half term – justice. They planned and delivered the worship themselves.
Visitors from the East Baby Jesus
From Matthew 2.1-12
Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the time when Herod was king. Soon afterwards, some men who studied the stars came from the East to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the baby born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star when it came up in the east, and we have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard about this, he was very upset, and so was everyone else in Jerusalem. He called together all the chief priests and the teachers of the Law and asked them, “Where will the Messiah be born?”
“In the town of Bethlehem in Judea,” they answered. “For this is what the prophet wrote: ‘Bethlehem in the land of Judah, you are by no means the least of the leading cities of Judah; for from you will come a leader who will guide my people Israel.’”
So Herod called the visitors from the East to a secret meeting and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem with these instructions: “Go and make a careful search for the child; and when you find him, let me know, so that I too may go and worship him.”
And so they left, and on their way they saw the same star they had seen in the East. When they saw it, how happy they were, what joy was theirs! It went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. They went into the house, and when they saw the child with his mother Mary, they knelt down and worshiped him. They brought out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and presented them to him.
Then they returned to their country by another road, since God had warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod.
An Epiphany blessing
May the joy of the angels,
the eagerness of the shepherds,
the perseverance of the wise men,
the obedience of Joseph and Mary,
and the peace of the Christ-child
be yours this Epiphanytide and always.
This half term we are all working towards our new goals.
We are learning about PERSEVERANCE
‘I can do all things through Him who strengthens me’ Philippians 4.13
Eager to continue
Running the race
Sticking with things
Encouraging each other to keep going
Valuing the support of others
Eyes fixed on the target
Reaching a goal over time
Aiming to complete the task
Not giving up
Commitment to keep going
Ending up where you want to be
All the staff and children are working towards their own personal goals and learning targets and are asking others and God for help.
Mrs Gregory is learning to bake a cake with the help from Mrs Moses.
Miss Stott is learning to hoola -hoop with the help from Mrs Towriess and the children.
Mrs Towriess is learning to play the trumpet and also learning to draw.
Advent is an important part of the Christian calendar at St James’.
Advent is a time of waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus.
We have been reflecting on the meaning of Advent as we light the candles on our Advent wreath.