RE and Worship

As a Voluntary Aided Anglican Church school, we follow the Understanding Christianity Scheme to teach Christianity. (National society/ teachers received key training from the Sheffield Diocese.) Pupils have opportunities to explore Bible stories and texts, think about lessons people learn from the Bible and making connections to their own experiences. For World Religions we use the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education for Barnsley. Pupils learn about the Islamic Faith, Jewish Faith, and Hindu Faith and have the opportunity to visit places of worship as part of this learning.

Our RE teaching promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. Our teaching enables pupils to acquire knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, attitudes, practices and rituals. They will also develop their own beliefs and values.

Regular collective worship with our Canon of St Peters supports a deeper understanding of the liturgical year and Bible stories. Pupils have the opportunity to visit many different places of worship and we have close links with the Church community for Harvest, Christmas, Easter and the Year 6 Goodbye Service

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Visit from Bishop Sophie

On Monday 28th June, we were delighted to welcome Bishop Sophie to our school to officially open our Shalom Garden. She was accompanied by Huw Thomas, the Director of Education for Sheffield Diocese. Our Shalom Garden is a space of prayer and reflection, filled with encouraging Bible quotations, along with lots of beautiful artwork - based around Bible Stories linked to our school vision - that was created by pupils during last year's lockdown. Our Y6 worship council led Bishop Sophie in a tour of the Shalom Garden, where she prayed a prayer of blessing and also cut the official ribbon! This was followed by a wonderful whole school outdoor worship, which included a special performance of the song 'Way maker' from Y6. Then Bishop Sophie visited each class to give the children an opportunity to ask her some thought-provoking questions. Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the afternoon such a great success - it will be remembered at Tankersley for many years to come!

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