At Elmstead Wood Primary School we use an enquiry-based RE curriculum that develops children’s critical thinking skills, motivation to learn, and knowledge and understanding of people and their beliefs - religious or otherwise. RE is taught weekly through whole class teaching and assemblies.
Our approach to RE takes very seriously the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. Our RE provision does not try to persuade but rather to inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place. We see RE as a fundamental part of our SMSC curriculum and links strongly with British Values.
Although the teaching of RE is compulsory, The Education Act allows parents with other faiths the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons and from assemblies. Parents are asked to contact the Head Teacher in this regard and appropriate arrangements will be made to support the circumstances of each request.