Religious education at Ark Castledown promotes 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.

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 places 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.

Parents/carers are able to withdraw their child from RE or collective worship but should discuss this with the Headteacher.