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 two RE days 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 ‘RE contributes to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all children and young people when taught well in schools, and through this makes a significant contribution to helping pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.’ (Ofsted 2015)
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, 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, Understanding Faith and belief in Lewisham.
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.