At Whitestone Infant School, the aim of Religious Education (RE) is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldwide views address. This will allow them to develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own. RE encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.
Religious Education must be provided for all registered pupils in full time education except those withdrawn at their parents’ request, this includes pupils in Reception classes (but not those in nursery classes). Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE on the grounds that they wish to provide their own religious education. This will be the parent’s responsibility. However we will talk to the parents to ensure they understand the aims and value of RE.
RE is taught in a variety of ways, learning both about and from religion. When the children are learning RE, the children will be taught about a number of different religions so that they understand about different people’s beliefs and cultures.
All children at Whitestone have the opportunity to visit the local church and perform to parents and carers at different times of the year. People from the church will also visit the school for assemblies.