At Brixworth Primary School, we believe that Religious Education provides an opportunity to celebrate and foster awareness of different cultures and faith groups within our community and the wider world, and makes a significant contribution to the personal and spiritual development of our pupils.
R.E. at Brixworth is taught in accordance with the Northamptonshire SACRE agreed syllabus. The aims are:
- to develop religious literacy
- to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions and world views represented in the United Kingdom
- to develop an understanding of the influence of the beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures
- to develop attitudes of respect towards other people who hold views and beliefs different from their own
- to develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious issues, with reference to the principal religions and world views represented locally and in the United Kingdom.
Pupils learn about Christianity and Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism, as well as exploring secular life stances such as Humanism, where appropriate.
In accordance with the requirements of the 1944 Education Act and the Education Reform Act, 1988, the school has a daily assembly for collective worship.
As Brixworth Primary is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled school, Collective Worship is of a broadly Christian nature and is flexible enough to match the ages, aptitudes and backgrounds of our children. In addition, our collective worship promotes the mission statement, values and aims of the school by developing the children’s love and concern for others as well as their own self-worth. Representatives from local churches regularly attend to conduct an assembly and may in addition be asked to take part in the services that take place at the Parish Church. Each year group participates in a service at the church, usually linked to the church calendar.
A parent has the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education or from Collective Worship. Arrangements for withdrawal should be made with the Headteacher.