Whilst not being part of the National Curriculum it is mandatory that schools in the UK encounter Religious Education through a class lesson and school assemblies each week. Collective Worship is legally required to take place every school day and ‘shall be wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’ (1988 Education Act).The Religious Education syllabus is set by local education authorities and at Egerton we follow the Cheshire East syllabus and Scheme of Work.
Religion and personal beliefs are key to making each individual who they are. As a non-faith school we aim to explain the beliefs behind three different religions as set out in the scheme of work. We do not aim to persuade children to choose a religion, it is for parents or each individual, as they become mature, to make these decisions for themselves. This makes the children more aware and accepting of the different lives and choices of others and gives them an insight as to how many of the festivals celebrated in our multi-cultural society came to be.
At Egerton we focus on three main religions. From Reception to Year 6 all children are taught about Christianity. This may be through assemblies led by members of the Knutsford churches, or through class lessons. A variety of other religious festivals may be visited during a child’s time in Reception, depending on the interests of individuals in the cohort. From Year 2 Hinduism is added to the curriculum, and throughout Key Stage 2 Judaism is also included. Whilst these are the key religions studied, other religions, such as Islam and Buddism, may be visited by your child during their time at Egerton. Lessons are enhanced through role-play, visits and hands on experiences with religious artefacts.