John Stainer

Religious Education and

Collective Worship

At John Stainer we love learning about other religions during our half-termly special RE Days.

Every 6 weeks we spend a whole day celebrating the importance of and learning about one of the 6 main religions.

Through our RE lessons we are able to closely link work to our core school values, particularly community and respect.

Our children look forward to RE days and enjoy learning about the diversity of different faiths and cultures. Lessons can include a focus on the following:

  • The origins of a religion
  • Who is worshipped
  • The meaning behind a festival
  • Special events during a festival
  • What is contained in the sacred text
  • What people wear
  • What people eat
  • Stories e.g a creation story

These give children a greater understanding of the world we live in and the people that we share it with and help us to respect the thoughts and beliefs of others.

On an RE day the children in KS1 and KS2 are placed into one of 11 different groups: six groups containing children from Years 1 to 3 and five groups for Years 4 – 6.

On an RE Day all teachers lead a lesson on one of the following religions:

  • Autumn 1: Judaism
  • Autumn 2: Christianity
  • Spring 1: Sikhism
  • Spring 2: Buddhism
  • Summer 1: Islam
  • Summer 2: Hinduism

The groups of children rotate through the different classrooms during the day so that they are able to participate in a range of activities to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the religion being studied.

On our most recent RE Day the children were engaged in a range of activities about Christianity. Click on the following link to read about what was happening in each classroom.

 I love RE days because I get to learn about different things from the past. It gives me an understanding of important events.

Sonny, Y4 Purple


 RE days help us to understand other people’s cultures e.g. the way they dress. It helps me to relate to people who are different to me.

Ilana, Y6f 

It is the law that we provide a daily act of 'collective worship'.

This is not just narrowly limited to praying, but is much wider in relation to 'reverence or veneration to a higher power'. Therefore we approach it in many different ways, and these daily acts will take place in class and may take the form of any of the following activities

  • Meditation
  • Developing a sense of awe and wonder about the world
  • Affirming positive values, such as honesty or self-sacrifice
  • Encouraging responsibility for making personal decisions
  • Celebrating achievement and special occasions