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Religious Education

Religious Education at City Academy Whitehawk


Through Religious Education, pupils are given opportunities to reflect on the nature and role of beliefs, the attitudes and values underpinning these, and the practices and behaviours that arise because of them. Skills developed through the teaching of RE include developing self -awareness, respect for all, open-mindedness, appreciation and wonder.


RE is taught in all classes and follows the procedures and guidelines laid down in the Brighton and Hove LA Agreed Syllabus, which introduces and discusses Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism.


This year we have decided to try a new approach to teaching RE and will be holding Whole School Learning Days every half term. These dates have been picked as they are significant dates in the calendars of different religions around the world. Here are our learning days:


19.9.18 – Whole School Judaism Learning - Yom Kippur

5.11.18 – Whole School Hinduism Learning – Diwali

11.2.19 – Whole School Alternative Faith Learning

4.3.19 – Whole School Christianity Learning – Ash Wednesday

22.4.19 - Whole School Christianity Learning – Easter

3.6.19 - Whole School Islam Learning - Eid


Collective Worship


A daily act of collected worship is held either as a Key Stage or in the classroom. It is an important part of our school day and an important part of our Religious Education curriculum. It is an opportunity for children to hear stories from different world faiths, discuss what these mean and what these are trying to teach us and reflect on how their thinking or behave may change now they have heard these stories.


Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE lessons and religious assemblies if they wish. You will need to talk to the Head of School or Welfare Manager before doing so. Alternative provision will be made for your child.

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