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Religious Education (RE) is a statutory subject that is taught for an hour a week across all year groups. At Dalestorth Primary we value children of all faiths and children of none equally.  We celebrate this diversity through our broad and balanced RE curriculum. 

 

Through RE, children will be able to:

  • Learn about Christianity and other principal religions represented in the United Kingdom
  • Express ideas and insights of their own into the significant human questions which religions address
  • Gain and deploy the skills needed to investigate world views
  • Be aware of the ways in which religion influences the lives of individuals and communities
  • Prepare for life as citizens

 

RE is taught in accordance with the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Nottinghamshire 2015. You can find a copy of the Syllabus and a leaflet from Notts County Council explaining more about the document below. 

 

At Dalestorth our RE curriculum compliments our SMSC and PSHE curriculum and includes the promotion and teaching of British Values. 

Nottinghamshire county council leaflet regarding new RE syllabus

The LA Agreed RE Syllabus

Understanding British Values

At Dalestorth Primary School, we actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths (or those of no faith), race, genders, ages, disability and sexual orientations. 

 

The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:

  • Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
  • Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
  • Support for equality of opportunity for all
  • Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
  • Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs

 

We aim to promote all values not only through RE but in all that we do and effective PSHE lessons and collective worship, which is offered within school.  Children are encouraged through school to help them become caring, tolerant and responsible adults which will positively contribute to the world and British society.

 

Collective Worship

The school has due regard to the Nottinghamshire County Council syllabus on RE and Collective Worship and Nottinghamshire County Council SACRE guidance on collective worship in planning the opportunities and experiences we offer children. Collective worship is therefore of a broadly Christian character but encompasses all faith groups providing opportunities to celebrate and reflect on all major religious festivals and holy days.

 

The purpose of Collective Worship

The main aims of collective worship are as follows:

  • to contribute to a sense of unity and community for the school as a whole and develop the awareness of British Values
  • to promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Collective Worship should:

  • provide opportunities for pupils and staff to reflect on what it is important in life
  • enable children to explore a range of beliefs and provide an insight into values that allow them to reflect upon others behaviour to develop their spiritual awareness
  • teach the principles of right and wrong and apply these to current personal, school and external matters
  • educate children about taking responsibility and positive relationships not only in school but also within the community
  • encourage children to participate within the community and develop an understanding of citizenship
  • teach children to value their own cultural traditions and the diversity and richness of other cultures
  • provide children with the opportunity to worship God and understand the nature and purpose of worship.

 

We hold a daily act of Collective worship in school, which forms part of each assembly.

 

A full copy of the Collective Worship Policy can be found below.

Collective Worship Policy

Festivals and Special Days

As part of RE we often celebrate special days and festivals from different religions.  Look out for photos of your children taking part in the workshops throughout the year.

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