At Honeywell Junior School, Religious Education is an important part of our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This includes our Collective Worship offer. We aim for all pupils to gain an understanding and appreciation for the world religions and their diverse expression of beliefs and cultural practices in the local, national and wider global community. It compliments and builds on pupils’ knowledge of their rights, and promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs. Through studying a range of religious sources and inspirational figures, we encourage pupils to develop their own sense of identity and purpose through self-reflection. The delivery of this subject is well placed to encourage pupils to question what influences their beliefs and relationships and compare these to the beliefs and relationships of others. Our extra-curricular and cross-curricular opportunities enable our pupils to apply their knowledge and skills within modern day contexts and embed their knowledge. Honeywell strives to make Religious Education a subject that develops the confidence, knowledge and skills in our pupils to be respectful citizens who are inclusive and tolerant within a pluralistic society.
Our acts of collective worship in assemblies are important times in the day when the children can meet together, either as a whole school, in class or in phase groups. We aim to make assemblies both an educational and spiritual experience for the children. We acknowledge the diversity of the faiths represented within the school and we encourage the children to reflect upon their own beliefs and our British values.
Assemblies are planned and organised within themes. Some religious festivals are acknowledged e.g. Christmas, Easter, Diwali and Hanukah. Other special events and occasions are acknowledged throughout the year.