Our aim is to develop our pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions. During their time at The Study your daughters will study Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. They learn about religious beliefs and practices and we encourage them to ask searching questions, to develop open and tolerant minds, and to have respect for the views of others. As well as following a scheme of work in each year group, we value the opportunities which arise when parents come in to talk about a particular religious festival or practice.
In Reception, Religious Education (RE) is taught through the area of learning, ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’. The girls learn about the beliefs and cultures of others through their topic on ‘Ourselves’, share the celebration of different festivals and hear stories from a variety of cultural and religious traditions
In Year 1 girls explore the idea of ‘belonging’, ‘special places and ‘giving’, using stories from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. In Year 2 they explore the existence of different religions through their topic on ‘Celebrations’, culminating in the celebration of Christmas; they learn about, and explore the meaning of, some of Jesus’s parables and through their study of stories from the Old Testament, they are introduced to the Torah and its meaning to the Jewish faith.
From Year 3 upwards each year group studies a different major religion, as well as building on their knowledge and understanding of Christianity: Hinduism in Year 3, Buddhism in Year 4, Islam in Year 5 and Judaism in Year 6.
We have plenty of resources to supplement the teaching of Religious Education: text books, non-fiction books, Bibles, visual resources, DVDs, ICT resources and religious artefacts. Our pupils are also a good source of artefacts and pictures. They love bringing in relevant resources from home to enhance our RE topics. Another resource is the girls themselves – much RE is taught through speaking and listening, drama and role play.
Beyond the Classroom
In our assemblies, classroom and school displays, through music, art, poems, prayers and stories we aim to provide a rich spiritual and moral environment in which children can develop ‘awe and wonder’ of the world in which we live, and a strong sense of right and wrong.
We encourage parents and visitors to come into school to talk to the girls about religious practices and festivals.
We organise visits to places of worship. For example, Year 4 visit our local Buddhist Temple, the Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon Village, Year 6 visit the Wimbledon Synagogue, and Year 3 go further afield to visit the Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden for their topic on Hinduism.