We are delighted with our SIAMs Report, which judges our school as outstanding in all areas and has no areas for improvement! Well done to all our children, staff, parents and governors for making our school an outstanding place to learn!
Please click on the document below to see the full report. Here is a flavour of what our full report says:
'The love, care and security associated with Christian values enable the children to excel in academic achievement and in their own overall development. The impact of this is seen in exceptionally high results in all pupils'.
'School places great emphasis on Christian values where staff and children respect each other and are nurtured to reach their full potential'.
'All the teachers know the children well, as a family.'
'Children's behaviour is excellent and they are developing into well rounded individuals in their care of each other'
'Parents speak highly of the school's pastoral and inclusive care of all pupils which is the result of the staff's commitment to the Christian ethos'
Religious Education at Howick
Through a reflective and progressive curriculum we aim to excite, promote enquiry and embed knowledge. In RE we want our learners to be excited by their learning journey. We want them to question and have awe and wonder; whilst being aware that we may not always have the answers in RE. Our learners will build on their existing knowledge, making links and developing their understanding and knowledge.
We endeavour to motivate our learners and equip them with the skills to be confident, independent and resilient.
Children of different faiths should feel involved, happy and confident to contribute to all areas of RE and our teachers ensure that when teaching RE, the content and delivery is appropriate and relevant for all learners. Children are encouraged to share and celebrate their faith and beliefs and the environment for this is safe and welcoming.
Our Christian values underpin our efforts and achievements and we are inspired in our mission by our faith that “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Phillippians 4:13)
At Howick, we follow the Blackburn Diocese Questful R.E. scheme of work. The curriculum content is a balance of the three essential disciplines of quality RE, Theology, Philosophy and Social Science. This means our pupils will look at concepts through a theological lens, exploring what people of faith believe. Alongside this they will explore questions and answers raised in relation to the lived reality and impact of religion and world views on peoples lives. They will also think like philosophers, and be equipped with the skills that will enable them to make sense of life’s experiences.
Through our this approach, our children will experience, explore and encounter a wide range of creative and challenging multi-sensory activities that will help them to discover the answers to fundamental questions such as these: –
- Who am I and what does it mean to be me?
- In what ways do/can I relate to others?
- How/where can I encounter God?
- How can I make a positive contribution to the world in which I live?
- What values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviour are important to me?
- What does it mean to have faith?
- Who/what influences and inspires me?
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Class 3 have been looking at different ways that people can pray and have set up several stations in their classroom to experience each one. The stations included; a quiet meditation area, planting a poppy to remember someone who has impacted their life, a bottle of tears to share their worries or sadness with God, an area to draw their prayers and finally a prayer wall. The prayer wall, which is based on the wailing wall in Jerusalem, was a firm favourite and is becoming a permanent feature in their room.
Visit to St Mary's Church
Class 2 have visited St Mary's Church in Penwortham to find out about all the special things inside and Rev. Nelson also told the children about the history of our local church. Before going back to school, the children wrote prayers linked to our value for this half-term, Thankfulness, and left them in Church for people to read.
To celebrate Easter in Class 2, the children have made their own El-Salvador Crosses containing pictures that remind them of Easter time. They also looked at the story of Palm Sunday and decorated an Easter biscuit. Happy Easter everyone!
Class 4 have been reflecting on the events of Holy Week.
'Crosses of Hope'
'A Crown for a King'