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RE and Collective worship


RE subject Statement

In Religious Education the children are taught about the Christian faith and also the faiths of the different groups that form our multi-cultural community in-line with Newham's agreed syllabus (the legal document all Newham schools follow).
The RE curriculum is agreed by the Standing Advisory Committee on RE (SACRE), which is made up of Newham councillors, teachers and faith group representatives.  This ensures that each faith group has agreed that the way their faith is taught is fair and comprehensive. They have also agreed that children from their faith will learn about the beliefs of others.

Children from Central Park Primary School attended the Newham infant and Junior RE conferences and have also been privileged to host the RE junior conference here at our school.  Children from different Newham schools come together to discover new information on religion and how we act towards one another.

This year we have thought about why it is important to say sorry and found out what different religions believe about being sorry. The children went on to create their own candle to either give as a present to apologise to someone or use themselves to look at and reflect on their day and anything they need to put right with others.

They also looked at the theme of thankfulness, and what different religions say about this theme. The pupils went on to create their own art work as well as writing about what they are thankful for in their lives. This included quotations from Humanists, Sikhs, Hindus Buddhists, Christians, Muslims and Jews and resulted in the children making a mobile.


Place of worship photos

Our winners for the place of worship competition 2017. They received certificates and a prize from the Newham SACRE members.









Collective Worship

Collective worship’s biggest form of evidence is the way that children show reflection skills, maturity and development intellectually to social, moral, spiritual and cultural areas.

Its primary function is an educational one – to promote SMSC. It should be: active (children are actively involved in answering questions) directed (towards someone /something) personal (time for reflection and response to God if appropriate)


  • Use the reflection circle as a reference point to direct reflection
  • Key  model:


Plug in – awaken the children
Switch on – engage the children
Light on – allow children to respond




Collective worship at Central Park

  • Daily Collective worship to take place in assembly
  • Assemblies to be referred to as Collective Worship
  • First page of flipchart to have a clear definition – e.g. ‘An opportunity to reflect or pray towards someone/something divine or a core value’
  • Light candle at the start of collective worship
  • A chime to be used as a calming and reflective tool
  • Ensure that there is no leading discussion
  • End conversation with the following words:



 ‘Bow your heads please – Let us think about today’s theme. What can we learn from it? Think about it for a few moments, and you may want to talk to God about it in the silence.’

Daily collective worship takes place at Central Park Primary school.  In reception children take part in collective worship in their classrooms.  In KS1 and KS2 collective worship sessions take place in key stages, where a range of values, themes and festivals are explored and reflected upon.


Parents can access our themes in our termly key stage newsletters.





Place of Worship Competition

This year every year group has visited a place of worship.  We took part in the Newham place of worship competition and won the single entry in EYFS.  Well done!  The Prize Giving Ceremony will take place on Monday 20th July 2015.








The winning child was Yusof Iqbal