Darrick Wood Junior School

Religious Education

Religious Education at DWJS: Vision and Intent

The RE curriculum aims to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society, how people learn about these and how these beliefs inform our values and are reflected in how people behave.

Additionally, the subject aims to help students to develop spiritually, academically, emotionally and morally in a way that enables them to understand and value themselves and others and to better cope with the challenges of living in a rapidly changing, multicultural world.

Religious Education Curriculum Overview: Implementation

This curriculum model supports the creation of a Religious Education curriculum that enables pupils to develop the academic skills and specialist vocabulary to learn about the beliefs, values and ways of life of others and to reflect upon their own beliefs through enquiry. It includes the teaching and practices of the principle religions and worldviews (including non-religious worldviews) that are represented in Great Britain, through meaningful enquiry, whilst also reflecting ‘the fact that the religious traditions of Great Britain, are in the main, Christian.’

Religious Education Outcomes: Impact

RE learning impacts on pupils’ understanding of the multicultural and multi-faith society we live in today, enabling the exploration of issues, beliefs and differences between faiths developing an understanding of their own beliefs and those of others. Having learned about different faiths and beliefs, pupils will have explored how people interact with each other and explore interfaith issues of contemporary society, developing their identity as a global citizen rooted in values of mutual respect, tolerance of others and individual liberty.

Religious Education and SMSC

RE has a special contribution to make towards the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of our children, and is, therefore, an important subject at Darrick Wood Junior School. 

Collective Worship

Collective worship is held daily and is based on themes to extend the children's understanding and knowledge of religious beliefs and values. Whole school, year group and class-based assemblies are held each week to celebrate and share successes, build a sense of community, explore key themes and promote an increasing sense of responsibility.

The school has a Collective Worship policy that has been approved by the Trust. This policy gives a definition of Collective Worship and outlines how we ensure that a daily act of Collective Worship takes place in accordance with the law.

Our intention is that Collective Worship, as part of our daily assembly, should be an inclusive activity, respecting the integrity of all concerned.  It is hoped that all parents will want their children to be involved. However, in accordance with the law, children may be withdrawn from Collective Worship if their parents request it, but we would encourage you to discuss this fully with the class teacher before coming to a final decision on this matter.  The school will make alternative arrangements for children who are withdrawn from assemblies.

Parents wishing to view the Collective Worship Policy should contact the school office.