At Amesbury CE Primary School, we believe that religious education should provide a contemporary study of religion, preparing children for later life. The school bears in mind that the British Isles is a multi-cultural nation, which has Christianity as the main religion of the indigenous population. As a result, Christianity will receive the appropriate weighting within the religious education curriculum. Due consideration within this framework will be given to other faiths. Respect, tolerance and understanding for the beliefs of others will be promoted as part of our programme.
In order to make religious education a lively, active subject we employ a variety of teaching methods including art, music, discussion, the development of thinking skills, drama, the use of artefacts, pictures, stories, and the use of periods of stillness and reflection.
The school has adopted the LA's Religious Education Policy. Parents have the right to withdraw children from religious lessons and daily 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.
At Amesbury we wish to be an inclusive community but recognise that parents, of course, have the legal right to withdraw their children from religious education on the grounds of conscience. However, the right of withdrawal does not extend to other areas of the curriculum when, as may happen on occasion, spontaneous questions on religious matters are raised by pupils or there are issues related to religion that arise in other subjects such as history or citizenship. We would ask any parent considering this to contact the Headteacher to discuss any concerns or anxieties about the policy, provision and practice of religious education at Amesbury CE Primary School.
R.E. is taught weekly. We celebrate Easter with a week of activities linked to Easter and we celebrate other festivals with a whole school focus e.g. Christmas and Harvest.
In accordance with the structure of the locally agreed syllabus we have agreed that:
At KS1 pupils study Christianity, Judaism and Islam
At Lower KS2 pupils study Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism/Buddhism
At Upper KS2 pupils study Christianity, Hinduism /Sikhism and Islam
Please use your child's year group page to find out what they are learning about each half term!
Finally, at Amesbury CE Primary School we are proud of our links with St Mary and St Mellor Church and the contribution this makes to our provision of religious education.