Religious Education, Collective Act of Worship and Assemblies

Religious Education is taught in accordance with the National Curriculum.

All pupils attend a daily assembly (either in the hall or their classroom). We follow the Lewisham agreed guidelines for Collective Worship. A variety of beliefs are represented across the Federation, but the Federation has no particular affiliation to any religious denomination. In accordance with the Education Act of 1993, the majority of our assemblies reflect the broad traditions of Christian belief, but this does not mean Christian material is always used. At Adamsrill we believe that coming together as a group has an important social and educational value in itself, and it is hoped that all children will play a full part in our collective act of worship. If any parent wishes to exercise their right to withdraw their child from collective worship, this must be done in writing to the Head of School and the parent must work with the school to ensure alternative provision is put in place. We encourage a range of visits and religious visitors to enhance this area of the curriculum.

Essential characteristics of religiously literate pupils:

  • An outstanding level of religious understanding and knowledge.
  • A thorough engagement with a range of ultimate questions about the meaning and significance of existence.
  • The ability to ask significant and highly reflective questions about religion and demonstrate an excellent understanding of issues related to the nature, truth and value of religion.
  • A strong understanding of how the beliefs, values, practices and ways of life within any religion cohere together.
  • Exceptional independence; the ability to think for themselves and take the initiative in, for example, asking questions, carrying out investigations, evaluating ideas and working constructively with others.
  • Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity, which are shown in their responses to their learning in RE.
  • The ability to link the study of religion and belief to personal reflections on meaning and purpose.
  • A wide knowledge and deep understanding across a wide range of religions and beliefs.

 RE threshold Concepts:

  • Understand beliefs and teachings: This concept involves understanding the key teachings of various religions.
  • Understand practices and lifestyles: This concept involves understanding the day to day lives and practices of various religions.
  • Understand how beliefs are conveyed: This concept involves understanding how books, scriptures, readings and other important means of communication are used to convey beliefs.
  • Reflect: This concept involves an appreciation of how religion plays an important role in the lives of some people.
  • Understand values: This concept involves an appreciation of how many people place values as an important aspect of their lives.