It is our aim to enable the children at North Cadbury to learn about and experience elements of world religions, tradition and culture. We help our children discover what their personal beliefs and values are and we question any stereotypical or fixed ideas they may have. We teach them to become respectful, polite and tolerant members of society. RE is also an opportunity for our children to quietly reflect, think and develop a sense of awe and wonder.
Similarly, through PSHE and British Values we provide our children with the knowledge they need to look after their own physical and mental health, their personal safety and wellbeing both now and in their future. We believe that by enabling children to develop an understanding of the world around them, they better understand that the choices they make have consequences. This helps us prepare our children for their adult lives and is very important to us as a church school. It also helps our children fully develop their social and communication skills, and understand the different types of relationships they will form throughout their lives, and to recognise what is and is not a positive relationship.
Religious Education (RE), Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE) are both concerned with aspects of the education and development of the whole person and each has its own particular contribution to make in developing well rounded children who will become responsible citizens.
Through the RE curriculum we make a key contribution to pupils’ personal development generally and also to school’s provision for PSHE for example by providing opportunities for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
As Britain is a multi-cultural nation with Christianity as the main religion of the population, Christianity receives the appropriate weighting within the religious education curriculum. Due consideration within this framework is given to other world religions. Respect, tolerance and understanding for the beliefs of others are promoted as part of our programme.
The school meets together for regular collective worship and it is an important part of our school life. Parents have the right to withdraw children from religious lessons and collective worship in assemblies but it must be understood that such activities make a contribution to cross-curricular objectives pursued during the course of the school week.