‘Schooling deprived of religious insights is poor education.’
At Atwood, we follow the Croydon Agreed Syllabus for RE and a such follow a multi-faith curriculum. Through our regular assemblies of Collective Worship and in the classroom, world faiths and festivals are explored and celebrated through the stories and traditions from a wide range of religions represented within Atwood’s school community. Emphasis is placed on what we, as individuals and in different faiths, share in common, as well what makes us unique.
Our children make regular visits to local places of worship as well as welcoming visitors from various faiths and none to our school.
Our RE curriculum aims:
- To enable pupils to reflect upon and understand the religious and spiritual beliefs, practices and insights and experiences that are expressed in humanity’s search for the meaning of life
- Provide opportunities for pupils to explore and express their own responses and personal beliefs
Areas of study through which our pupils will be working
- Authority and Worship
- Sacred and Inspirational Writings
- Lifestyle and Celebrations
- Challenge units
The focussed religions for each Key Stage in the Croydon Agreed Syllabus are:
- KS1- Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism
- KS2- Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism and Sikhism
At both Key Stages, other religions and those which reflect the school community may also be studied using the challenge units. Whether we are religious or not there are signs of religion all around, the landscape is full of churches and of other places of worship. Belonging to an organised religion has an effect on many aspects of a person’s life. Any of these may show the rest of the world that we are members of a belief tradition, clothes, food, names, times and ways of celebration and what is considered important in life.
Religious education promotes pupils’ understanding of the multicultural and multi faith society that we live in today by enabling them to explore issues of belief and issues between faiths. Having learned about different faiths and beliefs, pupils are then encouraged to understand how we can interact with each other and explore interfaith issues of contemporary society.
RE is provided for all pupils at Atwood, and is inclusive and broad minded. Parents do have the right to withdraw pupils from RE: if you wish to do this, make an appointment with the head teacher. Atwood does not support selective withdrawal from RE.