R.E in school is based on the Newham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. The Agreed Syllabus is a programme of study which has been drawn up by members of the council, members of the education profession, and representatives of all the major faiths and denominations.
The Agreed Syllabus reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. The curriculum is designed to teach pupils about the world around them and how they can be part of it. It tries to develop a sense of personal identity and teaches children about relationships with other individuals and groups. It helps them to communicate and reflect on their thoughts and feelings and to approach the questions of ultimate values.
By law the school has to have a daily act of collective worship. These are usually referred to in school as “Assemblies”. They generally last around 15 minutes. Twice a week we come together as a whole school, while the other three days are separate KS1 and KS2 assemblies. The majority of the assemblies have to reflect the “broad traditions of Christian belief”, but they will make reference to the beliefs and traditions of other faiths.