Religious Education and Worship
Siams 2016 “Outstanding”
All schools have a statutory duty to teach Religious Education, which is equal in importance to other National Curriculum subjects. We devote 5% of curriculum time to this subject, which is about an hour a week over the year, this is in addition to the time allocated to Collective Worship.
Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Kent Agreed Syllabus and in conjunction with the Rochester syllabus. This provides a framework for children to learn about Christianity as well as other world religions. It covers areas such as belief, holy books, pilgrimage, prayer and festivals. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons, though they are expected to be in sympathy with the aims of a Church school. We promote the belief that all children are equal whatever their religious background and children who have a particular faith have the opportunity to share this as part of their RE lessons.
Here is a link to the Rochester Diocese Board of Education should you wish to view any further information.
Act of Collective Worship (ACW)
Acts of Worship which are Christian in content take place each day and are an important part of school life.
Children focus on topics which are relevant to them such as being a good friend and showing responsibility. These concepts are linked to familiar situations and to Bible stories and Christian festivals.
Acts of Worship start by sharing the peace and also include singing, prayer and reflection. Children have the opportunity to participate in leading aspects of worship and parents are invited to join us when their child’s class leads ACW. Once a week, Jon from St Matthew’s church comes into school to lead our worship and we visit St Matthew’s church to celebrate festivals such as Christmas and Easter. We are very proud of our Leading Lights children from Years 5 and 6 who help to lead the school in prayer and worship. These children are now known to the children around the school as they wear a golden star badge and are regularly supporting whole school worship. They meet during lunchtimes with our RE leader to discuss how they can support prayer and worship in the school.
Leading Lights performing a Nativity Christmas Production to the children in Year 1 with Mrs Deacon our RE Leader.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child/ren from Religious Education after consultation with the Head teacher
Parents do have the right to withdraw their child/ren from participating after consultation with the Headteacher and an alternative activity will then be agreed.
Please click below to the Revised RE Overview: