Religious Education at Ark Castledown supports the promotion of community cohesion. It plays a major role in helping pupils understand diversity and develop respect for the beliefs and cultures of others.
At Ark Castledown we ensure that RE promotes pupils’ spiritual development by allowing children to reflect on the implications of religion and belief for their own lives. Learning about religion and belief helps children to explore the nature of religion. Whilst learning from religion and belief allows them to reflect on and respond to their own experiences.
The RE curriculum covers a wide range of religious beliefs including: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Sikhism. Each term the children’s learning is focused on a theme such as belonging, relationships or celebration; and children’s understanding of different religions will be fitted into this context. The lessons are practical and involve lots of opportunities for engaging discussion. Visits to religious place may be used to enhance learning.
RE is taught in accordance with the East Sussex Local Authority Agreed Syllabus for RE and scheme of work. Alongside Christianity children study other major religions including Islam and Judaism.
Parents/carers are able to withdraw their child from RE or collective worship but should discuss this with the Headteacher.