Religious Education 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. We acknowledge the complexity of our society and the need to make our children aware of an increasingly diverse society around us. It is important that every person in Pippins shows respect and appreciation for each other’s racial and cultural background.
At Pippins we deliver RE in line with the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Pan Berkshire and in conjunction with SACRE (‘Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education’).
In accordance with the structure of the locally agreed syllabus we have agreed that:
During the Foundation Stage pupils will use their senses to explore , investigate and engage in varied, hands on play experiences and will learn about cultures and different religious festivals including Christmas, Easter, Shrove Tuesday, Chinese New Year, Eid and Diwali.
At KS 1 pupils study Christianity, Hinduism and Judaism.
At KS 2 pupils study Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Sikhism.
Teachers have the freedom to teach pupils about any other religions deemed necessary or of interest and can use their professional judgement to decide whether they need to do so to encourage inclusivity within their class.
RE plays an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It helps children and young people become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. It gives them the knowledge, skills and understanding to discern and value truth and goodness, strengthening their capacity for making moral judgements and for evaluating different types of commitment to make positive and healthy choices.
Any parent wishing to withdraw their child from Assembly or Religious Education has the right to do so and may discuss this with the Headteacher.