Our daily act of worship is an important part of every school day, whether at St Edward's Church or in school.
Our Monday morning Key Stage assemblies set the theme for the week and on Friday afternoons, we celebrate
the achievements of the week. Other assemblies may be attended by smaller groups of children, either single classes,
single year groups of sometimes two year groups together e.g. Year 3/4.
Children have opportunities to lead the worship of their peers in weekly class assemblies and
elected House Captains organise and lead Key Stage 2 House assemblies each half term. Pupils also take part in assembliesled by staff or local clergy.
Pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2 worship at St Edward's Church each half-term, celebrating St Edward's Day, Christmas, Candlemass, Lent, Easter and Pentecost.
Younger pupils attend termly pram services.
Year 6 students are invited to attend the National Edwardtide Pilgrimage at Westminster Abbey
each year. For the last three years, our pupils have led prayers during the Eucharist Service and
carried our school banner at Evensong.
Our pupils are frequently complimented on their reverent response during acts of worship.
They value their opportunties to worship God together. Each year our pupil-led worship committee carry out an audit of all our worship with their peers and then identify ways to
further improve this aspect of our life together.
Religious education (RE) is a statutory part of the curriculum for maintained schools. The framework for the National Curriculum
in England at Key Stages (KS) 1 to 4 says:
'All state schools are required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach RE to pupils at every
In keeping with the Foundation of the School, the religious education curriculum is taught in accordance with the tenets,
teachings and practices of the Church of England and is also a major part of our school’s spiritual, moral and social teaching.
It also promotes education for citizenship. Our school RE curriculum is currently based on the Havering/Redbridge Agreed
syllabus, supported by ‘Understanding Christianity’ resources. We will adopt the new Chelmsford syllabus to plan the
Christianity aspects of our teaching when this document is available.
Teaching and learning in RE is based on the key principle that good teaching allows children both to learn about religious
traditions and to reflect on what the religious ideas and concepts mean to them. Our teaching enables children to extend
their own sense of values and promotes their spiritual growth and development. We encourage children to think about their
own views and values in relation to the themes and topics studied in the RE curriculum.
Learning in RE enables children to build on their own experiences and extend their knowledge and understanding of religious
traditions. We use their experiences at religious festivals such as Easter, Diwali, Passover etc. to develop their religious
thinking. We organise visits to local places of worship and invite representatives of local religious groups to talk to the children.
Children carry out research into religious topics. They study particular religious faiths and also compare the religious views
of different faith groups on topics such as rites of passage or festivals. Children discuss religious and moral issues, using
computers to support their research, and working individually or in groups. Sometimes they prepare presentations and share
these with other members of the school in assemblies.
Our RE lead teacher is Mrs Clare Beech.