As a Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School, we regard RE as one of our core subjects and therefore very important. It is part of the Basic Curriculum and is taught in accordance with the Bromley Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (2013), supplemented by the related Diocese of Rochester units of work. Religious Education has the same status and importance as any other subject and the same high standards are applied to Religious Education as to all other subjects. Our Christian Values of trust, hope, forgiveness, compassion, thankfulness and friendship are explored in relation to what Christians believe about these values where appropriate within the RE curriculum.
Religious Education is an educational activity which promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils. It aims to enable pupils:
- to gain a secure knowledge and understanding of Christianity as particularly expressed in the traditions of the Anglican Church
- to be introduced to other principal religions represented in Great Britain and to learn to respect people of different faiths
- to mature in their own beliefs, values and behaviour, by reflecting on religious beliefs and practices.
- it enables pupils to develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally.
At St Paul’s Cray CE Primary School we respect all pupils’ regardless of their background or personal beliefs and consider Religious Education to be an extremely important part of the curriculum. Parents have a right, however, to withdraw their child from all or part of the Religious Education curriculum, though we would encourage them to discuss this with the Head Teacher before making the final decision.