Our programme for Religious Education is based on the Northumberland Agreed Syllabus. Recent legislation states that the teaching in this area must be broadly Christian. However, as we live in a multi-cultural society we feel that our teaching should also reflect this. There is a strong emphasis on moral teaching and values. Daily assemblies provide opportunities for collective worship and we welcome ministers from a variety of churches.
In Reception and Key Stage 1 we aim to provide children with an introduction to Christian beliefs about God and Jesus. Children are given the opportunity to learn about Christian lifestyles, communities, festivals and celebrations. Bible stories are used to illustrate how and why Jesus and God are special. Children are also given an introduction to world religions including Judaism and Hinduism. In Key Stage 2 we build on this foundation looking at Christian beliefs in more detail. We continue to examine beliefs about God, Jesus and The Holy Trinity. New Testament and Old Testament stories are used to examine how God is unique and how we are all unique. World religions at Key Stage 2 include: Sikhism, Islam, Judaism and Humanism.
We have strong links with our local churches and in both Key Stages children are given various opportunities to visit places of worship. We celebrate various Christian festivals throughout the school year like Easter and Christmas. We also celebrate festivals of other faiths like Eid and Diwali. We aim to include all pupils no matter their religious beliefs or background and children are taught to respect the beliefs of all pupils.
Parents may withdraw their children from Religious Education or from collective worship but are asked to discuss this with the Headteacher.