We believe in serving God and the community through the love of Christ, celebrating diversity and achievement, enabling creativity and raising self-esteem. We strive to provide quality learning experiences through a partnership that values Governors, parents, children and staff alike.
We are very proud to be a Voluntary Aided Church School, and our Christian ethos of support and high expectations permeates everything we do. We follow the agreed East Sussex SACRE syllabus for RE which predominantly focuses on Christianity but also includes the study of Islam, Judaism and Hinduism.
It is a legal requirement for all registered pupils (apart from those whose parents exercise the right to withdraw) to “each day take part in an act of Collective Worship.” All acts of worship in Church Schools must be Christian in character, although it is very important to draw comparisons with other religions and cultural traditions. All assemblies should seek to develop children’s understanding of the Church and the role it can play in their lives; to develop their understanding of a Christian moral code and how it applies to them and all in our community; to teach about God’s love and to empower our pupils to feel that they have a special place in God’s Kingdom.
Above all, Collective Worship at Firle Church of England should be sensitive to the needs and backgrounds of the community we serve.
We are very proud of our links with St Peters Church in Firle, Glynde and Beddingham Church. The children enjoy our celebrations in church and Reverent Pete's visits to the school.
In order to provide memorable experiences and opportunities for deeper learning, each class is now simultaneously teaching R.E. over a whole day each term (one and a half days for KS2). These R.E. days finish with a whole school assembly, to enable each class to share their learning. This change in delivery of the curriculum has given greater scope for cross-curricular teaching, for example exploring and learning through art and drama. In keeping with our drive to develop the children's questioning skills, each R.E. theme begins with an open-ended question which is revisited throughout the day and encourages children to think and reflect at greater depth.
Three times a year, we will also be experiencing whole school festival afternoons: we will learn about customs, faith and cultures from around the world for example the Jewish festival of Sukkot in Term 1 and the Hindu festival of Holi in Term 4.