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At The Southwater Infant Academy the aim of Religious Education (RE) is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. We want our children to appreciate how religious beliefs shape lives and impact behaviours. We want to enable our children to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through the curriculum that we offer. 

The Religious Education curriculum complements and reflects the overall aims, values, and philosophy of the academy, aiming to develop our children as well-rounded Global Citizens who respect and celebrate diversity. At The Southwater Infant Academy, RE plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHCE, in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our children 


RE is taught regularly. The subject matter is based on the West Sussex Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. The agreed syllabus follows the legal requirement for RE to reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are mainly Christian, while taking into account of the teachings and practises of other principle religions represented in Great Britain. Culture is an important aspect of the world we live in and this is reflected in the curriculum we teach. People’s values affect the way they live and the decisions they make. At The Southwater Infant Academy, children gain knowledge of the diverse beliefs people have. Through the knowledge they acquire, they gain an acceptance and respect for people, which is crucial in their role as Global Citizens within their community. Throughout their time here, they are encouraged to think about how different beliefs are relevant to them. Educational visits are arrange to local places of worship to support the children’s learning. In addition, we foster strong community links with places of worship, some of whom also support the academy with assemblies and class-based activities. Children enjoy discovering and exploring the various traditions and festivals that are linked to the range of religions they are introduced to. There are regular whole academy assemblies for R.E. 


The children at The Southwater Infant Academy enjoy learning about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion. Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. Religious Education acts as a hub, therefore, between social aspects of learning, science and geography. Through R.E. our children are developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community. 

RE offers our children the means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way. As such, R.E. is invaluable in our ever changing, increasingly diversifying community of Southwater. 

View our Curriculum Statement