Religious Education is non-denominational and is based on the County Agreed Syllabus. Children are taught to understand and respect the traditions of Christianity. They will also develop a knowledge of the main beliefs and traditions of Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism. They are encouraged to develop an understanding of the effect of religion on personal and social relationships and on peoples' ways of life. The children also develop an ability to reflect on their own experiences and beliefs. We aim to make lessons interesting, colourful and varied to engage all children and include drama, dance, art, design and cooking as ways to express religious knowledge and personal impressions.
Visits to places of worship are encouraged. For example, in Year 4 the children visit the local Christian Church and meet with the vicar to discuss her role in undertaking a "Marriage Ceremony". The Year 6 children visit a Hindu Temple which helps them to gain an understanding of the Hindu faith. We believe that visits foster respect for religions and enable the children to gain a deeper understanding of the curriculum taught.
Daily assemblies are led by members of staff, groups of children and sometimes visitors, including members of the religious communities. On the occasions when individual classes present their own assembly, parents are invited to join us.
If they wish, parents may exercise their legal rights to ask that their child is withdrawn for Religious Education lessons and/or assemblies.