We are a Church School and the spiritual growth and religious education of our children is taken very seriously. Religious education is a core subject and is a valued part of the curriculum. We follow the Diocesan guidelines for teaching this subject but try to link learning in R.E. with other areas of the curriculum and topics whenever possible. We try to lead children into moments of reflection to develop their spirituality, appropriate to their maturity. Equally, our multicultural, multi-ethnic pupil population enriches life at our school and ensures children grow up with a respect, tolerance and understanding of others – something we believe to be essential in today’s troubled world.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from religious education if they so wish.
We have an act of collective worship at every day. This is an important part of our school day, when adults and children come together to share a time of reflection, prayer and celebration.
Worship is led mostly by members of staff and by the clergy from our local churches, but we welcome others to lead worship from time to time. A Eucharist service in held in school each term for staff, governors, parents and Key Stage Two children, and we are all made welcome at services at St Matthew’s churche. Our daily worship is Christian, but respect is given to other faiths in keeping with our aim to prepare children for life and work in a multicultural society and to value the different faiths of our children at St. Sidwell’s. There are a number of special celebrations throughout the year for parents and friends to share with us, both at school and at church.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship if they so wish.
Learning about the traditions of a Christian wedding in year 1:
As part of their RE work, the children experienced a Christian wedding by play acting the complete ceremony with supporting roles by the the rest of the class.