Halstead

Preparatory School for Girls

Religious Education

Religious education enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people such as:

Why are we here in this world?
What are the differences between the main religions?

We enable each child to develop a sound knowledge of Christianity and of other world religions. Children 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. We address fundamental questions concerning the meaning of life and the existence of a divine spirit.

Religious education is taught as an independent subject from Year 1 and normally by a subject specialist from Year 3.

Girls are encouraged to make judgments about religion in a variety of exciting ways through stimulating discussions and debates. Year 6 girls debate the meaning of the Holy Spirit in the context of Paul’s teachings throughout the Roman Empire and Year 4 discuss their own sibling rivalries and relate it to the stories of Jacob and Esau.

Girls are given opportunities to go out to places of worship. These have included Woodham Church, Shah Jahan Mosque and the Bevis Marks Synagogue in London.

Our whole-school assemblies are broadly Christian exploring themes such as kindness, caring for others, using our talents and looking after the world around us through stories, talks, singing hymns and songs and saying prayers.