R.E at Longcause is taught through discrete lessons and whole school R.E days. We have used the Plymouth SACRE resources to create our own RE curriculum and tailor it to meet the needs of our pupils. Our curriculum is split into 2 main sections- an early and a later stage RE curriculum. The curriculum lends itself to pupils experiencing RE through all types of media such as art, dance, drama and visits to places of worship. Pupil are encouraged to share their own beliefs, ideas and values and to listen to those of others, showing respect for one another. We have many visiting speakers from different faiths and they share their own experiences, beliefs and cultures with our pupils in a way that makes it meaningful for them. We encourage times of collective worship and reflection with each class taking time daily to reflect and consider others in the school and wider community. Classes reflect on latest events in the news and will often choose this as a worship focus- taking time to meditate, reflect quietly or pray for others involved in the events.
Some classes spent time this year in collective worship thinking about others who were less fortunate than themselves....
We have regular R.E days in Longcause when we usually have visiting faith speakers and then a whole day of shared activities and focusing on the theme of the day. We find whole school focus days is a good way for our pupils to learn. Pupils learn about a balance of religions. From celebrating Wesak and meditating, to Celebrating Guru Nanak’s Birthday with a special meal, we use many different ways of learning about religions and the pupils have produced some amazing work from these days.
Three times a year we hold specific celebrations at the local historic church at Plympton St Maurice. We celebrate Harvest, Christmas and Easter every year. We pupils taking a key part in the service and families joining us.
We will be celebrating the Hindu festival of Holi on the 10th March and having a whole school RE day led by our expressive and creative arts teams.
We have our traditional Christian Easter service on the 31st March at Plympton St Maurice church. Pupils and families will bring fresh flowers to decorate the cross and we will celebrate new life.
At Longcause we not only celebrate different religions, but also different languages and cultures. Throughout the year we have several MFL days which focus on a different language each time, that originate from countries all over the world. These special themed days allow for students to discover, learn, practice and explore different languages from around the globe. We offer a multi-layered approach to these foreign language days as the students explore the wider culture of each country, which can include learning about the words, pronunciation, music, dance, geography and food of each place.
Spanish Day - a Spanish omelette cook off!
Here is the recipe that two teams had to translate and follow during assembly, which was then put to a taste test!
Rollitos de Tortilla con Jamon
•Heat the pan
•Scramble huevos with espinaca
•Cook huevos and espinaca into a thin tortilla
•Spread queso crema on the tortilla
•Put a sliced jamón on the tortilla
•Roll the tortilla
•Cortar the tortilla into pieces and comer!
Mandarin Day - a quiz!
https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/9151a450-24b1-478a-a70c-2719afb57250 -- Use this link to take our Kahoot quiz, which we completed as a school during assembly. Each team got a lot of right answers!