Non-denominational Religious Education is provided for all children as part of the curriculum and is in accordance with the Locally Agreed Country Religious Education syllabus. Assembly is an important part of the school day when we meet together as a community. It is a time when we place emphasis on the development of values and attitudes towards each other and the world around us.
At Bantock Primary school we believe that our children need to have the opportunity to explore, investigate and to be challenged. We maintain that learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Through our teaching we aim to equip our children with the skills, knowledge and understanding to make choices.
Collective Worship and Assemblies
In line with the 1988 Education Act we ensure collective worship takes place every day, either in class or as a school. The daily act of worship supports the social and emotional aspects of learning. They include a variety of elements including: reflection, music, drama, stories, celebrations of festivals and achievements, experience of different traditions and beliefs, and raising awareness of national and international events.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious education and collective worship should they so wish. If parents do not wish their child to be taught the agreed syllabus or take part in short acts of collective worship, they should inform the school in writing, whereby they will be invited to discuss this with the headteacher. Their child can then be excused and suitable alternative arrangements made.
Religious Education and the school Curriculum – SACRE agreed syllabus for Wolverhampton
Religious education actively promotes the values of truth, justice respect for all, care of the environment and human stewardship of the earth. It places specific emphasis on:
- Pupils valuing themselves and others.
- The role of the family and the community in religious belief and activity.
- The celebration of diversity in society through understanding similarities and differences.
- Recognition of the changing nature of society, religious practice and expression
- The influence of religion in the local, national and global community.
- Sustainable development of the earth.
The Wolverhampton Agreed Syllabus has identified the following key aims for Religious Education and the School Curriculum:
The contributions of religious education to the aims of the school curriculum
Aim 1: The school curriculum should aim to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and achieve.
- should be stimulating, interesting and enjoyable.
- should promote the best possible progress and attainment for all pupils
- should develop independent and interdependent learning
- should contribute to pupils’ skills in Literacy and ICT
- should promote an enquiring approach to issues of belief and truth in religion
- should enable pupils to evaluate thoughtfully their own and others’ views, in a reasoned and informed manner
Aim 2: The school curriculum should aim to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare them for all the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
- focuses on ultimate questions and ethical issues.
- enables pupils to appreciate their own and others’ beliefs and cultures and how these affect individuals, communities and societies
- develops pupils’ awareness of themselves and others
- develops a clear understanding of religions in the world today
- enables pupils to learn about the ways different faith communities relate to each other.