We believe that Religious Education should be an exciting activity for all our children to share in, and regard it as a particular area of learning where Christian values and school ethos can come alive in the classrooms. We employ a variety of teaching approaches, making use of art, literature, music, drama and cooking to support the learning. We want to enable our children to think about themselves, their feelings, their relationships, and their uniqueness as human beings made in the image of God.
As a “controlled” Church of England School we follow the Education Reform Act 1998 and the East Sussex Agreed Syllabus, which covers aspects relating to Christianity, but also Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism are studied in the curriculum. We consider it important to provide opportunities for our children to develop respect and sensitivity for all people, and to understand more, not only of our own Christian faith, but also the importance of religion in today’s world.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education lessons and Collective Worship. Parents are asked to come into school to discuss suitable alternative arrangements should they wish to do so.
We continue the teaching of RE in themed days during which the pupils are immersed in part of the curriculum. This was a response to teacher evaluations wanting to raise the profile of RE and pupil voice, when children opted to trial termly ‘special’ days for the teaching of RE.
(Year 6 Pupil):
RE days are special because we have longer to do and think about things.
Y5-6 RE is enhanced by the link with Arabella Paul from Walk through the Bible ministries. Her annual sessions (5 weeks of OT / NT input) are a highlight for the pupils as she makes the bible come to life.
Rev Jean Manning:
The pupils have a clear understanding of the link between RE and British Values. They gave me examples of this and it is an integral part of discussions within the school.