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Religious Education

At Claygate Primary School children will explore and learn about different religious traditions and beliefs in their community and around the world. A CPS theologian will leave with the skills to be confident to challenge different ideas and philosophies, be respectful and develop a positive attitude towards fundamental British Values and beliefs. They will develop the skills to challenge and understand the ways in which beliefs, values and practices impact on ourselves and on others. 

Our curriculum is based upon the National Curriculum, Opening Worlds curriculum and the Surrey SACRE*. The children learn about principal religions (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism and Sikhism) as well thematic approaches, drawing together ‘golden threads’ from their learning.  

Through the teaching of Religious Education, we hope to develop curious, motivated and confident children who gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their relationship with their community and their engagement with different world views 

Through the teaching of Religious Education in our school we aim to give our pupils: 

Knowledge about a range of principal religions and different views.
Encouragement to express ideas and give insights about different beliefs.
To provoke challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
To discover and have time to investigate different answers to these questions.
To understand the key elements that contribute to identity and belonging as individuals and for each of the principal world religions.
To learn what religions teach about life and how important events are remembered in ceremonies. 
To explain the significance of different forms of religion through vocabulary, places and art.
To learn how different practices and ways of life have been developed by followers of religions and how beliefs have had different effects on individuals, communities and societies
At various points, the children at CPS will engage with and respond to non-religious worldviews. 

Assemblies are an important time when pupils and teachers are in one place for a shared purpose and communal worship. The purpose to provide the opportunity for us all to consider spiritual and moral issues, to develop community spirit and reinforce positive attitudes. The children are given the opportunity to learn about different faiths and the important celebrations and stories that are so important within our school and the wider community. 


*Surrey Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE)