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As a Church school, RE is taught following the Understanding Christianity syllabus through the Diocese of Canterbury.  World faiths are taught according to the Kent agreed Syllabus for RE.  Approximately two thirds of this curriculum is Christianity based, the other third is made up of other world religions.

We want RE to be seen as valuable to the children and for them to enjoy and engage with the subject through a variety of teaching strategies.  Children develop and use a wide range of higher level skills such as enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection to deepen their understanding of the impact of religion and world views as lived by believers.  Key cross-curricular skills such as reading, writing, observation, and discussion are practised.


At St Michaels we also recognise that RE is a valuable tool in:


· Enabling pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living faith that influences the lives of people worldwide and as the religion that has most shaped British culture and heritage.

· Enabling pupils to know and understand about other major world religions and world views, their impact on society, culture and the wider world, enabling pupils to express ideas and insights.

· Contributing to the development of pupils’ own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values.


· Enabling pupils to know and understand about other major world religions and world views, their impact on society, culture and the wider world, enabling pupils to express ideas and insights.

Click here for the Church of England Religious Education Statement of Entitlement.


Collective Worship

Our Christian values permeate life at St Michael’s. We begin each day with Collective Worship, where the school, class groups or key stages gather together. All members of our school community, children and adults, are invited to worship collectively and have the freedom to be present with integrity regardless of their own faith and belief.   Collective worship is planned and delivered by a variety of stakeholders including staff, pupils, the incumbent of our local church and external visitors.



On Monday morning, our worship takes place in the church and is led by a member of the clergy. Each Friday the school gathers together in the afternoon to celebrate and reflect on the successes of the week, in addition, highlighting those children who have been a shining example of our values in action. 

Our worship reflects the variety of traditions found in the Church of England, recognising and following the Christian liturgical year. The daily Christian act of worship is central to our ethos and is supported by all staff and governors. It makes an important contribution to the overall spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the whole school community.                                              

We have a range of Christian worship including music, silence, story and time for prayer and reflection.  This enables all children and adults to be actively engaged in worship. A set element to our worship incudes a call to worship prayer, lighting of candles, singing and a blessing to close the collective worship.


Themes for collective worship reflect the church calendar as well as global and local events. We teach children the meaning and biblical context of key Christian festivals and reflect on the impact these festivals have on Christians.  The music and worship songs selected fit well with these themes ensuring diversity of liturgical music. Through these elements and traditions, we aim to fulfil our vision of providing the whole school community with a sense of belonging and the space to develop spiritually.


Prayer is a natural and valued part of the culture of the school, it is not compulsory or forced. All those who wish to do so, have regular opportunities to pray and reflect.

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