Although the school is non-denominational, Religious Education plays an important part in the life of the school.
In accordance with the Education and Reform Act (1988), we aim to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural and social development of the child
Religious Education is usually taught as a separate subject and we look to Northumberland’s Agreed Syllabus for R.E. as a guide to our planning.
In accordance with the 1944 Education Act, parents may withdraw their children from Religious Instruction Classes.
In Reception and Key Stage 1 we aim to provide children with an introduction to Christian beliefs about God and Jesus. Children are given the opportunity to learn about Christian lifestyles, communities, festivals and celebrations. Bible stories are used to illustrate how and why Jesus and God are special. Children are also given an introduction to world religions including Judaism and Hinduism. In Key Stage 2 we build on this foundation looking at Christian beliefs in more detail. We continue to examine beliefs about God, Jesus and The Holy Trinity. New Testament and Old Testament stories are used to examine how God is unique and how we are all unique. World religions at Key Stage 2 include: Sikhism, Islam, Judaism and Humanism.
We have strong links with our local church, St Mary's Stamfordham, and all Key Stages children are given various opportunities to visit places of worship. We celebrate various Christian festivals throughout the school year like Easter and Christmas. We also celebrate festivals of other faiths like Eid and Diwali. We aim to include all pupils no matter their religious beliefs or background and children are taught to respect the beliefs of all pupils.