Young children are naturally inquisitive and are fascinated by themselves, their families, other people and the wonders of the world. Religious Education (RE) enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. Through the teaching of RE at Dimple Well Infant School and Nursery we develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of not only Christianity but also of other world religions. We encourage children to reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the children learn from religions as well as about religions. Time is provided to enable pupils to reflect on Bible and moral stories and absorb their meaning. Prayers, stories, poetry and role play are used as a means of helping children to express and develop their personal beliefs. The school follows the Wakefield Agreed Syllabus for Years 1 and 2. Upper and Lower Foundation follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum guidance on the relevant areas of learning which are – Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Understanding the World.
Assemblies and Collective Worship at Dimple Well Infant School and Nursery.
The 1988 Education Reform Act requires that all pupils in attendance at a maintained school shall each day take part in an act of collective worship and that this should be wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character.
At Dimple Well Infant School collective worship is set within the context of assemblies. Our assemblies are varied over the year taking into account the 6 major faiths and festivals celebrated by different cultures around the world. In addition collective worship is also linked to the SEAL (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) themes which include:
- New Beginnings
- Getting on and falling out
- Good to be me
- Going for goals
Dimple Well has links with Churches within the local community and they, along with other visitors, lead assemblies during the year. Our ethos, aims and curriculum are strongly driven by the need for provision of a child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and form a basis of our assemblies. We want every member of the school community to feel happy, valued and respected.