The aim of the religious education (RE) syllabus is to help pupils gain an understanding of the influence of beliefs and traditions on individuals and communities.
During RE lessons, children learn about and from the principle religions represented in Britain today. Basing our studies on Christianity, children are helped to relate Christian beliefs and practices with those of other religions, particularly through the study of appropriate festivals and celebrations. In this way, pupils are encouraged to understand and respect the religious, spiritual and moral values of others, while developing their own.
RE and collective worship, therefore, have a very significant role to play by exploring religious faith and experience, and by reflecting on life and belief in God. We are very interested in and supportive of other world faiths, and we encourage questions, discussions and shared opinions in an open and honest environment of which we are very proud.
We regard our school values and the context in which our pupils learn as vitally important, and in doing so we ensure that religious studies are accessible to all pupils.
In Infants, the pupils find out about the Christian faith through Old Testament and New Testament stories, and through learning about the key Christian festivals. They also learn about festivals and stories from other faiths.
In Juniors, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism are studied in more depth, with pupils learning about the history of each faith as well as modern practices. Pupils also gain a deeper understanding and knowledge of the major Christian festivals.