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. It is part of our basic curriculum and is taught in accordance with the Bromley Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (2013), as is required by law.
Our syllabus is predominantly about Christianity, but Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism are also covered. As well as the systemic units which focus on these major religions, our Scheme of Work also encompasses some thematic approaches, which draw on a number of religions.
Our aim is to learn about religions, i.e. understanding what people of faith do, and how they express themselves; but also to learn from religion, i.e. making sense of who we are, of life, and of right and wrong. As well as developing pupils’ knowledge about the world’s principal religions, RE therefore provides valuable opportunities for reflection, and encourages our children to develop their sense of identity.
We adopt a creative approach to our studies, which embraces active learning, artistic and practical activities, story telling, dramatic interpretation, discussion, group work, and technology as well as traditional independent recording of our learning. The children enjoy investigating our well resourced artefact collection, and also benefit from visits to places of worship and receiving visitors from faith communities in school.
In accordance with the law parents also have a right to withdraw their child from Religious Education lessons. If this is the case we would encourage you to discuss the matter with the class teacher before making a final decision. Should you then choose to withdraw your child from RE please notify the school in writing of your decision. Parents wishing to view the Religious Education Policy should contact the school office.
Collective worship is held daily and is based on themes to extend the children's understanding and knowledge of religious beliefs and values. Year group and class-based assemblies are held each week to celebrate successes and to develop an increasing sense of responsibility. We invite parents to class assemblies, which we usually hold on a Friday.
The school has a Collective Worship policy that has been approved by the Governing Body. 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 office.