Religious Education, British Values & Assemblies
Moral, Spiritual and Religious Education
Religious Education is taught in addition to the National Curriculum in line with recommendations laid down by the Department for Education and the Local Authority.
We use the Tower Hamlets Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education as the basis of our teaching. At Bangabandhu we teach the subject thematically.
This means children learn about a range of religions based around a theme, which could be Festivals, Buildings or Special Books. Teaching in this way helps children to compare and consider everybody, ultimately leading to greater understanding and respect.
There is a balance in Religious Education between learning about religions i.e. facts, artifacts, specific details and common themes across religions, to learning from Religion i.e. thoughts, perceptions, analysing facts and looking at the meaning of stories and events. We encourage our children to be critical thinkers.
We also make it clear to children that not everyone has a religion and that not everyone believes in a God. We in no way promote any particular religion. We celebrate various festivals and their traditions. At Christmas we have a Christmas performance with a traditional nativity and Christmas songs.
Our assemblies promote values which complement and reinforce all faiths.
They promote positive relationships, tolerance and self-awareness as well as significant events from a range of religions. Assemblies are important social and educational occasions.
We explore shared values through our assemblies. We also learn about the diversity of our world and learn about key events which are important to our community and country. Celebrating effort and success is also a key element of our assemblies whether that be as individuals, groups or the whole school.
We have assembly themes which encourage children to be respectful, co-operate and empathise with others. On occasion we invite carefully selected individuals or groups to speak at our assemblies.
Here is the school’s Religious Education policy which has been agreed by the school’s Governing Body. This policy includes the parental right to withdraw children from Religious Education. We do not recommend withdrawal as Religious Education is vital in helping children understand the world that we live in.
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At Bangabandhu we gather daily in a variety of groupings where we celebrate and reflect.
It is an opportunity to help children to reflect on their own experiences and to recognise and celebrate the values and beliefs of the whole community, both in school and the wider world. This celebration and reflection reflects our diverse school community.
At Bangabandhu we celebrate diversity. We are committed to preparing our children to thrive in a multi-cultural world which is rich in faiths and beliefs. Citizens of the future who are tolerant of others are being developed in our school today.
Other opportunities for collective worship occurs during RE (Religious Education) and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).