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 different religions.

John Stainer is a culturally diverse school representing different cultures, faith groups and nationalities.  We deliver a rich Religious Education curriculum with an aim to ensure the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, mental and physical development of our pupils. Through our RE lessons we are able to closely link work to our core school values, particularly community and respect.

We follow the Lewisham Agreed Syllabus for RE: Learning together through faiths
We recognise that ‘RE contributes to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all children and young people when taught well in schools, and through this makes a significant contribution to helping pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.’ (Ofsted 2015).

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.

n Early Years, RE is embedded throughout the curriculum and takes the form of role play, sharing stories and celebrating festivals. We celebrate Religious festivals throughout the year and invite visitors from faith communities to lead assemblies. Classes also visit different places of worship.

On an RE Day all teachers deliver a unit based on the aspect of the religion, theme or faith being studied. The lessons are taught and assessed against key knowledge, skills and understanding of these religions. The children also have an opportunity to reflect on their learning about (or from) the different faiths. 

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



 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.



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