The purpose of religious education is to support children in developing their own values and principles as well as contributing to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
In Religious Education lessons at KGPS children learn about concepts, beliefs and practices within different religions and they engage with their own and others’ cultural and life experiences. This desire to learn about and from each other is a key British Value and whilst parents retain the right to withdraw pupils from all or part of RE it is a strong feature of our community that all children want to take the opportunity to learn about each other’s faith or non-faith background.
Religious Education, which is part of the National Curriculum, is essential learning in a world where we want children to grow up tolerant and respectful of people of all faiths (or those of no faith) and to have an understanding of different cultures and religions. At KGPS our curriculum covers Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Hinduism
We follow the Brent Syllabus for Religious Education:
Learning about and from different religions aligns where possible with other aspects or themes which the children are learning and may take place weekly or in a block of learning.
We have good links with local places of worship with visits to and visitors from these places a strong feature of our inclusive practice.
We hold a daily act of collective worship or reflection in classrooms, in key stage groups or as a whole school. We say a lunchtime reflection. We collectively celebrate important events across the year recognising key religious and cultural events in our locality such as Advent, Eid, Diwali, Hanukkah, Guru Nanak’s Birthday, United Nations day, International Women’s day. We hold assemblies to reflect on our common values and stories, share songs and reflect on spiritual, moral and social issues.