At Warlingham Park School, RE plays an important role in promoting the moral, social and cultural development of our pupils.
The school has a Christian foundation and so pupils initially explore stories from the Old and New Testament and discuss how these stories might relate and be relevant to their everyday lives.
As pupils progress through the school, they undertake more thorough study of other main world religions of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. They are encouraged throughout their schooling to reflect on their own values and beliefs and develop their own code of conduct through considering those of other religions.
A variety of active teaching and learning strategies allow pupils to appreciate the diversity and richness of other cultures. This might include acting stories out as plays, visiting religious buildings, listening to talks by religious leaders or engaging with interactive programmes. For our younger pupils, it is achieved through conversation, experience and plays.
The school has maintained its historically close links with St Leonard’s Church in Chelsham on which the very first foundation of the school was established. Children and staff celebrate services at Christmas, Easter and the end of the school year in this Church. The vicar is welcome at the school and addresses the pupils termly at the school’s full Assembly.
Harvest Festival is celebrated at All Saints Church in Warlingham. Harvest gifts donated by the children are distributed in and around the local reflecting the school’s commitment to supporting the community in which it operates.