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'The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness.'

Dalai Lama

At The Oval School we aim to provide children with the opportunity to develop, build and master their knowledge and understanding of beliefs. Our school considers it important for all children to have access to opportunities for understanding the great religious traditions. We believe that children should enjoy learning about all major religions as well as why some choose not to follow religious teachings. They discover, explore and consider many different answers to questions about human identity, meaning and value and the knowledge they gain in their Religious Education lessons, enables them to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. 

Currently Religious Education is taught throughout the school as a separate subject or linked with other areas. All major festivals are celebrated and assemblies are also used to widen the children’s understanding of world religions. At The Oval School, all six main religions are studied in both Key Stages, meaning that each year group studies two religions. This gives children the opportunity to revisit all religions and develop their prior knowledge in Key Stage 2, building and developing new skills and understanding to show progression. In addition to this, every year group attends an educational trip, ensuring that by Year 6 the places of worship of all of the main religions have been visited. We believe that this experience is incredibly important in the development of children’s understanding and tolerance of all religions.

Reception visit the local St Edburgha’s church in Yardley and in Key stage 1, the children visit first a Sikh gurdwara then in Year 2, a local mosque. In Key Stage 2, the children have the chance to visit a synagogue in Year 3 and go to a church in the city centre in Year 4. Year 5’s trip takes them to a Buddhist temple in Edgbaston and finally in Year 6, the children have the opportunity to look round a Hindu temple in Wolverhampton.

As The Oval has recently gained its Gold Unicef Award, children are continuously made aware of the Unicef rights in many lessons. This is often evident in our Religious Education lessons as children are able to quote Article 14 of the United Nations Convention on the rights of a child. This right states that children should have freedom of thought, belief and religion.

Our religious education curriculum provides pupils with a clear knowledge of all of the main religions and a message that all religions are equal. The children leave our school knowing that all children have the right to practise their own religion, as well as being aware, understanding and tolerant of others.

To find out more about what your child will be learning in RE, please visit the year group curriculum pages.



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