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At Threemilestone, we believe that lots of areas of the curriculum and school life have their part to play in creating citizens of the future. RE and collective worship are obvious places to start.
Religious Education is carefully planned in accordance with Cornwall’s agreed syllabus, the details of which can be found at SACRE's RE Advice and Guidance page on the Cornwall Council site. The content has been prepared by the Cornwall Standing Advisory Committee on Religious Education.
We offer a programme of learning opportunities whereby pupils’ understanding of community and diversity is enriched through fieldwork, visits, for example to places of worship, and meetings with members of different communities.
Most families in Cornwall identify themselves as Christian, for some that identity will involve close attachment to a specifically religious community, for others it will mean sharing the common culture of the British Isles, from the moral framework in which we live and the recognition of festivals such as Christmas and Easter. RE in the curriculum has an obvious role to play in terms of enabling young people to recognise the diversity within our communities at a number of levels, whilst the majority of our teaching focusses on Christianity.
Here at Threemilestone, we teach our children to have an awareness of the beliefs of others, and a respect for those beliefs. Major festivals, stories and leaders of other religions are explored within RE. In following our syllabus the children will come to see that each religious tradition offers many insights for mutual understanding and tolerance, as well as having many similarities to the values common to our local community.
Our assemblies provide the children with opportunities to be together, experience stories with a clear moral message and to sing and share religious and spiritual experiences. Assemblies also have a strong social function within our school community.
We are very lucky to have a host of people who come into school to lead some of our assemblies, including a group of people from our local community who talk about stories from the Old and New Testaments using drama. We take the opportunity on a Wednesday to learn about our school ethos and CREW values. In accordance with the law, most Acts of Worship are of a Christian nature, though there are times when we use stories or songs from a different faith. On Fridays we hold our weekly celebration assembly where pupils’ achievements, both in and outside of school, are celebrated.
Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education or an Act of Worship and are welcome to discuss this matter with the Headteacher. Arrangements will be made for children who are withdrawn to be supervised by a member of staff.