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Religious Education

Most of our Religious Education is taught in discrete units of work. Relevant links are made as appropriate to other aspects of the curriculum. The provision of Religious Education at Uplands is based on the Hampshire agreed syllabus ‘Living Difference’. (Version 3)

 

The agreed syllabus is based upon understanding and responding to the key concepts within major religious traditions and non-religious beliefs. We focus on Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism. Our work aims to inform pupils of how these concepts present differing understandings of human experience and ways in which religions view the purpose of life. It is important in response that pupils are encouraged to develop their own concepts to interpret their own experiences and explain the experiences of others in the wider world.

 

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education, Collective Worship or both. They may do this by requesting an alternative form of Religious Education or none. This request must be made to the Headteacher. The right of withdrawal rests with the parent not the pupil. Alternative provision will be made in consultation with the parents.

Collective Worship

 

Policy Statement

At Uplands Primary School we believe that Collective Worship establishes a sense of school community and is a central part of our celebrations, reflections and establishment of values. Throughout the week there are times when the whole school comes together and when children come together in Key Stage teams to learn, respond and reflect on our Assembly Theme. This policy links to our work on SMSC and British Values.

We also seek to create opportunities each term for wider acts of Collective Worship when parents are also invited to join us.

 

Collective Worship

Collective Worship is a legal requirement in schools and should take place daily. Following the legislation of the 1988 Education Act it ‘shall be wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’. However we do draw upon a wealth of other religions and British Values to help us develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally.

 

Each week a new theme is explored. We use music, stories, poetry, world events and pictures to help us to reflect on theme. Often a few minutes will be given for all to silently consider the message of worship that day, or a short prayer will be shared.

 

Monday

Whole School Assembly – Assembly Theme

Tuesday

Singing Assembly

Wednesday

Key Stage Assembly – linked to Assembly Theme

Thursday

Class Assemblies – reflecting on Assembly Theme

Friday

Whole School Celebration Assembly

 

Community Links

We believe that it is important to make and maintain links with religious communities in order to provide our children with the opportunity to meet with believers and experience their practices.

The school has close links with Holy Trinity Church and visitors are also encouraged to come in to talk to the school as part of our Collective Worship.

 

Parental Rights

Parents have the right to withdraw their child(ren) from Collective Worship both in full or in part.

Parents who wish to withdraw their child(ren) from this curriculum area will be asked to confirm their request in writing to the Headteacher.

Any child that is withdrawn from Collective Worship will continue to work in accordance with the National Curriculum.

 

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