Religious Education (RE), Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE) are both concerned with aspects of the education and development of the whole person and each has its own particular contribution to make in developing well rounded children who will become responsible citizens.
Through the RE curriculum we make a key contribution to pupils’ personal development generally and also to school’s provision for PSHE for example by providing opportunities for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
As Britain is a multi-cultural nation with Christianity as the main religion of the population, Christianity receives the appropriate weighting within the religious education curriculum. Due consideration within this framework is given to other world religions. Respect, tolerance and understanding for the beliefs of others are promoted as part of our programme.
The school meets together for a daily assembly. Parents have the right to withdraw children from religious lessons and collective worship in assemblies but it must be understood that such activities make a contribution to cross-curricular objectives pursued during the course of the school week.
PSHE helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed active responsible citizens. This important area of the curriculum deals with matters of general hygiene and cleanliness in order to promote health of mind and body. An awareness of healthy eating, personal hygiene, fitness, stress and drug abuse are amongst some of the issues addressed.
The SEALs programme (Social and emotional aspects of learning) followed throughout school helps children to understand their feelings and those of others by giving them the vocabulary to express how they feel and strategies to deal with powerful emotions.
During the Spring Term we held another successful RE week. All classes from Nursery to Year 6 were given at least one of the religions followed and celebrated within Britain and also our local area. The children spent every afternoon during the week finding out as much as they could about the beliefs, practices, culture and traditions of the religion they were studying. The children enjoyed lots of hands on experiences which they are still talking about! For example, traditional dancing, exploring traditional/religious dress and cooking (and more importantly eating!) traditional food.
Photographs of the week can be found on our Twitter page.