We follow the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (SACRE) produced by The Educational Framework for Religious Education in Richmond upon Thames. Religious Education (RE) is taught to all children except those who are taken out by their parents. Our teaching promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. It reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of other principal religions represented in Great Britain.
Our teaching enables pupils to acquire knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, attitudes, practices and rituals. They will also develop their own beliefs and values. We will not convert or steer pupils towards a particular religious belief. They will also be aware that some people have no attachment to religious beliefs and follow secular philosophies.
All children take part in a collective act of worship each day. This may form part of our whole school Monday and Friday Assembly time and our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 assemblies. On non-assembly days the class teacher will lead the collective worship which takes place in the afternoon. The activity is ‘appropriate, having regard to the ages, aptitudes and family backgrounds of the pupils’.
Our acts of worship are ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’ for the majority of the time. The faith background of both the staff and the child’s family is respected at all times.Many of the characteristics of Christianity are shared by all the faiths so we concentrate on these.