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Religious Education

Here at Claygate Primary School our children explore and learn about the different beliefs and practices of people in their communities and around the world through the teaching of Religious Education. Our curriculum is based upon the National Curriculum and Surrey SACRE*. The children learn about principal religions as well as how different religions are linked through places and people. During their time here, our children will learn about Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism and Sikhism. 

Through the teaching of Religious Education, we hope to develop happy, motivated and confident children who show consideration and understanding for others. As soon as our children start their journey at CPS they will begin to understand how to respect and understand our different cultures and religious beliefs. Through the years spent with us, we encourage all our children to have a positive self-image. In order to learn about ourselves, and each other, we must feel comfortable about who we are as individuals.

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)