In our school community, we highly value the teaching of Religious Education. It gives us an opportunity to think about and reflect on religious practices and beliefs held by different groups in our multi-cultural society. Respect, tolerance and understanding for the beliefs of others are at the heart of our teaching of Religious Education.
As a school, we follow the agreed syllabus across Kirklees and Calderdale. In Early Years, we look primarily at religious celebrations. We consider the similarities and differences between various celebrations and use non-fiction books to find out more information. We look at stories connected with different celebrations. Visits to places of worship are undertaken where possible and visitors into school are encouraged and welcomed.
In Key Stage 1 and 2 we begin to look in more detail at different religions and provide our children with opportunities to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. Our children develop the ability to ask significant and highly reflective questions about religion and demonstrate an excellent understanding of issues related to the nature, truth and value of religion. Whole school and Key Stage assemblies are also used as opportunities for us to think and reflect on different values and beliefs.
If parents wish, they do have the right to withdraw their child from assemblies and all or some of the RE curriculum.