Religious Education is an essential part of children’s general development, building on their experience and growing awareness of themselves and their relationship with others and with the natural world.
Our aim is to promote a sense of awe and wonder and to allow children to explore their own beliefs and spirituality. The children are made aware of the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic nature of today’s society. Christianity and the Christian tradition play a central role in the Religious Education Curriculum. The Religious Education curriculum is based upon the Agreed Syllabus for Cumbria, which enables the children to be made aware of a second religion – Islam – and a further religion in Key Stage 2 – Hinduism.
The Education Acts of 1944 and 1988 give parents the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education sessions, if they do not agree with the school’s approach to this subject.
The school complies with the 1988 Education Reform Act. We are not affiliated to any religious denomination. However, representatives of local churches are invited, from time to time, to take assemblies and participate in Religious Education. Visits are made to local places of worship. Parents are notified on these occasions and may withdraw their children from such events.
There is a form of collective worship for all children at some time during every school day and the children are given the opportunity of regularly participating in class and year group assemblies.
Assembly takes various shapes and forms. We hold whole school “Celebration” assemblies, where individual and group achievements are presented to be shared and praised by the whole school. A range of assemblies are taken by either the Headteacher, local clergy or other members of staff and are devoted to topical items, moral issues and religious studies.
Teachers take it in turn to hold class assemblies in which the children take part, and parents are welcomed too.
As a school, we regularly participate in community events and activities, often linked to the work of the local Churches, community groups and the Western Dales Community Mission.
For Remembrance, children wrote from the perspective of men and women involved in the war effort. The children reflected on the experiences of these people and the impact their sacrifice made on our lives in the modern world.