Beliefs and Values (RE)
Religious Education is an entitlement for all pupils and its place in the school curriculum is an acknowledgement of the important role which beliefs and values play in people’s lives, regardless of particular religious commitments.
It is also an acknowledgement that religious beliefs and practices play a key part in the lives of many people worldwide today as they have done throughout history. As a curriculum area, Religious Education offers pupils an opportunity to develop a better understanding of themselves, the people around them and the world in which they live.
St Peter and St Paul is a Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School. A close link with the church community is encouraged so pupils can see Christian life, worship and commitments at first hand and we make a point of marking the celebrations of the Christian year.
We recognise that our pupils come from a variety of religious and secular backgrounds and welcome this diversity. The Religious Education programme seeks to be sensitive to the home background of each child; it is not the function of religious education to promote or disparage particular religious views.
Year 5 and 6 had a Hinduism Workshop Day. We learnt about Hindu Gods and their beliefs, we learnt a Hindu dance and even got dressed up for a traditional Hindu wedding. What a fun day! It was a great start to our learning about and learning from Hinduism.
Year 3 and 4 experienced an Islam workshop. A Muslim, from the mosque in Ipswich, taught them all about his religion and how he prays. We found it very interesting!
Provision for withdrawal from Religious Education
Parents may ask for their child to be totally or partially withdrawn from Religious Education in accordance with the Education Act 1944, sections 25(4) and 30, which was re-enacted in 1988. Reasons for withdrawal do not have to be given and the school must enable parents to exercise this legal entitlement. Parents are asked to contact the Head Teacher if they wish to withdraw their child. It is hoped that, in discussing their requirements, an understanding can be reached and arrangements for alternative religious education or supervision made.