There is a legal requirement that we teach Religious Education. Our programme is based on the requirements of the Bournemouth Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. This reflects “the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are, in the main, Christian, whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.” (1988 Reform Act).
Our programme enables the children to learn about the concept of God, religious figures, stories and festivals, study introductory units on Hinduism and Islam as well as in-depth study of aspects of Christianity. These are linked to IPC topics where possible. Through this, we hope to enable children to come to an understanding of the nature of religion and what it means to take a religion seriously. We aim to encourage attitudes of respect, open-mindedness, self-esteem, sensitivity, appreciation and wonder, as well as to develop skills of reflection, empathy, communication, analysis, reasoning and enquiry.
We have a statutory duty to provide a daily act of collective worship. This should be wholly or mainly of Christian character.
At Stourfield Junior, this act usually takes place during assembly time and assembly themes are linked by a thought for the week and through our overarching SEAL theme. Children are grouped in lower school, upper school, year or class groups for assemblies.
As we are an inclusive school, every attempt is made to ensure that the daily act of collective worship is acceptable to the whole school community. An opportunity to reflect or pray should be included in all acts of collective worship and this is often marked by the lighting of a candle.
You do have the right to withdraw your child from Acts of Worship and R.E. lessons. Please see the Headteacher if you would like to discuss this further.