Religious Education (RE)
RE is the study of the principal religions represented in this country – primarily Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. The scheme of work, based on the new Cambridgeshire Agreed syllabus and aspects of the QCA scheme, explores the themes of: religious people, places and writings; worship; feasts, fasts and festivals; rites of passage; the concepts of self and community; and an understanding of the natural world.
Learning and teaching in RE seeks neither to impose religious beliefs on children nor to compromise the integrity of their own beliefs by promoting one religion over another. Work in RE aims to develop in children an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities and cultures. It seeks also to foster tolerance, empathy and sensitivity towards the beliefs and traditions of others. Where possible, visits are made to local religious sites and places of worship to investigate the form and use of the buildings and the roles of people who work within them. No acts of worship are undertaken during these visits.
Any parent considering withdrawing their child from all or part of RE and assemblies should discuss the matter with the Headteacher.