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Religious Education

Religious Education is provided in the school within the framework of the LA’s Agreed Syllabus, in accordance with the 1988 Education Act.  RE is concerned with “learning about religion” and “learning from religion”.  RE must ‘reflect the fact that religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of other principal religions in the country’. Therefore in KS1 children concentrate on Judaism and Christianity, whilst in KS2 the emphasis is on Islam, Sikhism and Christianity.

As part of their learning we aim to give the children the opportunity to;

  • develop an understanding and knowledge of the world’s major religions
  • begin to appreciate how religious beliefs affect the values and lifestyles of the people who hold them
  • explore fundamental questions
  • reflect upon their own beliefs and values in a positive way
  • appreciate and respect the views and beliefs of other people

Parents may, if they wish, withdraw their child from RE lessons, but must inform the school in writing of their intention.  In such cases children will be provided with supervised work in a classroom.

Collective Worship

Each day the children take part in a Collective Act of Worship which, in accordance with the Education Reform Act 1988, reflects the broad traditions of the Christian faith, incorporating, amongst other things, song, story and time for prayer/meditation/reflective thought. Themes are drawn from the Christian and other religious traditions supported by themes linked to the Secrets of Success and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Collective Worship at our school is led by the Head Teacher, other school staff and visiting representatives from local churches or other organisations. 

We believe that it is very important to learn to respect each other’s views and values and our daily collective worship establishes a firm basis for how we live together in our school and in the wider community.

Parents may exercise their right to withdraw their child/children from these activities in respect of their own beliefs and should contact the Head Teacher if they wish to do so. 

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