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Religious Education
At Forest & Sandridge we will promote an environment where all children feel known, accepted, and valued as individuals, within a caring community, where our Christian faith affects not only what we teach, but also how we teach.
We believe that it is fundamental for the children to belong to a safe and nurturing community, founded on strong Christian values where children will develop an array of skills that will equip them to meet the challenges of our ever changing world in which they can make their own positive contribution to our global society.
In Religious Education we aim to:
1.      To provoke challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
2.      To develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, religious traditions and world-views, which offer answers to ultimate questions.
3.      To encourage pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging, in order to flourish within communities, as responsible citizens in society, and global communities.
4.      To teach pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice
5.      To prompt pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.
We use a variety of teaching methods including art, music, discussion, the development of thinking skills, drama, the use of artefacts, pictures, stories, and the use of reflection. 

We have strong links with St Andrew’s Church, Melksham. As well as the local vicar being a school governor and visiting the school regularly, we also visit the church whenever possible.

We have a variety of services there including a Christmas, Easter and a leavers’ service. We also use the church as a resource for RE lessons, learning about the parts of the church and how they are used within a service and about the different services that are held there and their importance in people’s lives.

The children also have the opportunity to take part in workshops at Salisbury Cathedral to enhance the children’s understanding of the importance of faith to Christians and the importance of the Cathedral as well as the year 6 children attending the Leaver’s Service with other children from the diocese.