Essex has an agreed syllabus for Religious Education called “Open Worlds” which is followed by the school.
In RE children are taught about a range of religions, with an emphasis on Christianity. The teaching is aimed at helping the children understand the different beliefs held by people across the world, and which events, places and rituals are important to each religion.
Assemblies and collective worship
Assembly and collective worship is held every day. Three times a week, whole school assembly provides the opportunity for pupils to consider spiritual and moral issues, to explore their own beliefs and to become aware of how they can make the world a better place through their own actions. It also helps to develop community spirit, and promote a common ethos, shared values, and reinforce positive attitudes. This is also achieved by presenting awards to children who have worked particularly hard at something during the week.
In the majority of assemblies there is the opportunity for pupils to consider ideas that reflect the broad traditions of Christian belief. As part of each assembly there is an act of reflection, by singing a song or saying a prayer or by thinking about something quietly to themselves. Children do not have to pray, but they are expected to behave in a calm, respectful way throughout the assembly.
Withdrawal from all or part of the religious education and collective worship provided
Parents may withdraw their children from all or part of the religious education and collective worship provided. Please contact the Headteacher if you wish to do this. Alternative arrangements will be made for your child following discussion with the Headteacher or Deputy.