Religious Education (RE)
Welcome to Religious Education at Firs farm Primary School!
We are very proud to announce that Firs Farm was the first school in Enfield to be awarded the Religious Education (RE) Quality Mark at Gold level in July 2014! The award lasts for three years and we managed to achieve the Gold Level REQM once again in July 2017.
The staff work very hard to provide engaging, creative and challenging RE with an enquiry based learning approach, where children have the opportunity to ask deep and meaningful questions in a safe environment.
At Firs Farm Primary School, RE is taught in accordance with the Enfield Agreed Syllabus, which sets out clearly the statutory entitlement to RE for pupils in all non-denominational schools in Enfield. The religion specific programmes of study are innovative and show clear progression across the key stages. We teach from the ‘Enfield Scheme of Work’ to ensure coverage of the Enfield Syllabus.
The Syllabus makes a significant contribution to the understanding of the nature of religion and belief, to a better understanding of the communities that uphold them and contributes to the Every Child Matters agenda. In addition to this, RE is a great vehicle for delivering the British Values; for example, 'The Rule of Law' is addressed when Sacred Texts are explored and when pupils examine different codes for living life such as Commandments. Our classrooms are democratic and safe spaces, where all pupils regardless of their faith and ethnicity, have the right to be heard.
The Syllabus and scheme of work can be viewed and downloaded from the Enfield ‘Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education’ (SACRE) website below:
So why are we a Gold Level RE Quality Mark School? Have a look at some of the outstanding RE activities and projects that we have done over the years.
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC)
At Firs Farm, our children follow the UNICEF Rights and Respecting Charter. They enjoy helping children around the world and have collected over £1520 for UNICEF’s ‘Day for Change’ Campaign! At Christmas, Firs Farm children have enjoyed packing shoeboxes as part of the Samaritan’s Purse ‘Operation Christmas Child’ Campaign. They pack their boxes full of goodies including toys, sweets, soaps and toothbrushes each year, which get flown over to children in need across the globe. These types of projects contribute enormously to the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Staff at Firs Farm believe it is important to lead by example when it comes to helping others, so a team of staff make breakfast for the homeless at the Whitechapel Mission on a regular basis. Staff are up at 4am and work hard cooking and serving breakfast to approximately 300 people, as we believe we have a moral duty to help others. Have a look at us in action below!
Faith Ambassadors Project
Our latest project linked with Winchmore School, saw their students from Year 8 visit our year 1 and year 4 to talk about their faith from their own perspective. Their students received training over the Autumn and Spring term and then prepared interactive child friendly presentations. Firs Farm was chosen to be the pilot primary school for this project, being the first school in the borough to receive the RE Quality Mark at Gold Level. Our children asked the Faith Ambassadors brilliant questions about the presentations on Hinduism and Islam and had the opportunity to handle artefacts and dress up!
Full details of this project can be found on the Westhill Trust website below
Links beyond the school gates locally, nationally and globally!
The Institute of Education (part of UCL) chose Firs Farm to train their RE specialists on their PGCE course. This serves one of our national links. Each year students from the IOE spend a whole day in school observing outstanding RE lessons in different year groups. They then experience an interactive assembly by Pathways, a visiting Christian group, and then engage in an afternoon workshop. Feedback has been very positive indeed from all the students and we are very privileged indeed to have been part of their PGCE programme!