Fairlawn is a culturally diverse school representing different cultures, faith groups and nationalities.
We immerse our children in a rich Religious Education and aim to ensure the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, mental and physical development of our pupils. This is achieved by having an RE day every half term where children learn about one faith or religious theme. The effect of having all classes deeply engaged in studying different world religions at the same time is the creation of a microcosm promoting tolerance and respect for all.
We follow the Lewisham Agreed Syllabus for RE: Learning together through faiths
We recognise that ‘religious education has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice.’
(Lewisham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, 2009)
We celebrate Religious festivals throughout the year and invite visitors from faith communities to lead assemblies. Classes also visit different places of worship.
In Early Years, RE is embedded throughout the curriculum and takes the form of role play, sharing stories and celebrating festivals. In Key Stage 1, children learn about Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, as well as other topics such as Weddings, Food, Belonging and the Natural World.
In Key Stage 2, children build on the knowledge acquired from the religions learnt in Key Stage 1, as well as being introduced to Buddhism, Sikhism and Judaism. They also learn about Peace and the Journey of Death and how different religions deal with this
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious assemblies. Any parent wishing to exercise this right must make a request in writing to the headteacher.