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Religious Education

Religious Education is taught in all classes and follows the programme of learning set out in the RBKC Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Through Religious Education, we aim to enable children to understand the nature of religion, different beliefs and practices and to teach the core values of kindness, respect and tolerance.

We aim to help our children to acquire the knowledge and understanding of some of the principal religions represented in Great Britain. We want children to develop a deeper understanding of religious beliefs, traditions and practices that are practised in our multi-cultural society. By doing this, children will be enabled to develop their own beliefs, values and attitudes and to show tolerance for differing beliefs and practices.

Our Religious Education curriculum offers opportunities for personal reflection and plays an important role in preparing children for adult life, enabling them to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, and in particular those whose faiths and beliefs may differ from their own.

It is hoped that through their experiences of thinking about their own beliefs and those of others, children will develop spiritually, emotionally and morally. The skills and understanding they develop through this learning will better enable them to cope effectively with the challenges and opportunities of living in a multi-cultural society, contributing to it in a positive and responsible way.

Assembly/Collective Worship

It is a legal requirement that schools hold a daily assembly which includes an act of collective worship which is broadly Christian in character. Within our community we have many faiths, all of which are valued, and therefore assemblies are conducted in a manner that is sensitive to all members of the school. All major festivals are acknowledged, whether they are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu.

Our School Prayer

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from assemblies, although we hope they will not do so, as they are a time when the school gathers together as a whole and when moral and social values are reinforced.

A ‘Good Book’ assembly is held each Wednesday, when good effort, progress or behaviour is acknowledged and recorded in our ‘Good Book’.

Class assemblies are held each Friday and are very well attended by parents. These provide the children with an excellent opportunity to present their learning in a visual and creative way to the rest of the school.

In addition, a ‘Special Mentions’ assembly is held once a term to acknowledge the significant progress made by individual children, and this is followed up with a letter to parents.