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Religious Education

Religious Education (RE) is an integral part of life and the ethos of our school. Daily assemblies give the children the opportunity to reflect, pray, sing and hear the stories from the Bible. Assemblies are usually taken by the Headteacher on Mondays and Thursdays. Key Stage 1 and 2 “Show and Tell” assemblies take place on Tuesdays and are led by Key Stage Co-ordinators. Rev. Frank does a singing assembly each Wednesday and class assemblies take place on Fridays. All classes have an opportunity to lead assembly.

RE classes follow the “Solihull” and “Godly Play” programmes of study.

The Solihull scheme of work is based on the agreed syllabus for RE in Solihull. Teachers use the Solihull handbooks for RE in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and 2.

Godly Play is an approach based on Montessori principles that responds to the child’s request to “help me do it by myself”. This puts the teacher in the role of the spiritual supporter or guide who fully accepts that each child has his or her own relationship with God already. Godly Play does not depend on knowledge, but on personal response and spiritual engagement with God’s word within a supportive, safe community of friends. Consequently, it “works” with all ages and it works well in groups with a wide age or ability range.

In the Foundation Stage, RE is taught under the area of “knowledge and understanding of the world”. At Key Stage 1 one hour per week is allocated to RE and at Key Stage 2, 1.25 hours per week.

As a Church of England voluntary aided school and in accordance with legal requirements, parents do have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons.