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Plaistow Primary School

Religious Education and Collective Worship

At Plaistow Primary school we believe that it is important for all our pupils to learn about different religion, so that they can appreciate and understand the world around them. We want our pupils to respect and celebrate different identities of our school and the local community.

Through Religious Education we want to help our pupils to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural compass in our local community and the wider world, bringing a deep sense of community cohesion.  Our curriculum provides a space for learning about people, cultures and faiths. Most importantly it helps them embrace, tolerate and understand others’ beliefs and values.

Our RE curriculum is designed to encourage joy, creativity and aspiration. It has been carefully mapped out and written by the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) in consultation with teachers, religious (and non- religious) leaders, school governors, politicians and also pupils. Their scheme of work allows our pupils to share their beliefs which leads to a deeper understanding of different faith groups. More importantly, it is open and objective, it does not seek to impose religious beliefs on young people, nor compromise the integrity of their own religious position when looking at over different traditions. It endeavours to promote a positive attitude towards people and respecting their right to hold different beliefs.

The children at Plaistow develop their skills starting from knowledge and recall to application and analysis. This allows pupils to reflect on ‘big questions’. RE is celebrated across the school through special assemblies, guest speakers and visits to different places of worship. At Plaistow we value out-of-class learning experiences and ensure each year group has the opportunity to go on a visit. This gives pupils the opportunity to ask questions, speak with different religious leaders and members of the community.

Collective Worship at Plaistow

Collective worship at Plaistow is a time when the whole school, or groups within our school meet together in order to consider and reflect on common concerns, issues and interests. It offers all pupils an opportunity to worship or reflect through engaging in relevant, meaningful experiences and provides opportunities for their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. 

Collective worship is embedded as part of our school life through daily assemblies. Assemblies provide a time when children come together to celebrate, reflect and learn from experiences of religion, world events, music and celebrations which in turn helps to promote their cultural capital.    

During these assemblies pupils are encouraged to engage by sharing their views and opinions.  They finish by offering pupils the opportunity to sit quietly in order to reflect on what has been shared and discussed.  

Timetable for Assemblies and Collective Worship at Plaistow

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Whole School Assembly KS1: 

Focus on a

Curriculum, Driver, a whole-school event, a cultural/ religious festival etc.

 

KS2 Class PSHE Assemblies

Whole School Assembly KS2: 

Focus on a

Curriculum, Driver, a whole-school event, a cultural/ religious festival etc.

 

KS1 Class PSHE Assemblies

Singing Assembly

Class PSHE Assemblies 

Whole School Celebration Assembly

British Values and SMSC Policy- Plaistow Primary School