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Religious Education

For Religious Education at Gilbert Colvin, we follow the joint Redbridge and Havering Agreed Syllabus, which has been put together by the local SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education). The SACRE includes local people from each main religion and it also has non-religious representatives.

The 3 main aims of R.E. are

  • Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews.
  • Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, dimensions of religion or a worldview.
  • Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.

Legislation requires that RE is part of the school curriculum for all registered pupils.

The requirements are that a syllabus must ‘reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are, in the main, Christian while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain’.


Celebration Assemblies and Places of Worship

Click here for the results of the recent Celebration Questionnaire completed by parents.

Year groups organise a celebration assembly which has as a focus the main religion and related festival being studied, which Parents are invited to watch.

Reception to Year 1 Christmas (Autumn term)
Year 3  Diwali (Autumn term)
Year 4 Passover (Spring term)
Year 5 Ramadan/Eid (Summer term)

Every year the children visit a place of worship to enhance their learning and understanding.

The Benefits of Learning RE

  • It helps children on their personal quest to finding the answers to some of life’s big questions and to understand themselves as a person.
  • It can enable pupils to gain insights from religions and philosophies and give them practice in ‘skills for life’, such as empathy, sensitivity, humility, and in thinking and communicating well.
  • Discussion about religion is challenging and can stretch and sharpen a child’s mind
  • It can develop young people spiritually, morally and ethically, to equip young people to lead a good life and achieve moral autonomy and responsibility. In the light of the many moral and ethical dilemmas we meet in life, ranging from the personal to the global.
  • It allows children to understand people and society better, being tolerant about diversity, improving social relations and promoting peace and prosperity for when they are older.
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