Castlefort follows the locally agreed syllabus within Walsall in accordance with the 1996 Education Act. RE is taught through a blocked week each term (Y1-6). Topics for teaching and learning encompass all of the major world religions. Our school is fortunate to enjoy strong links with St John’s Church in Walsall Wood. The Reverend leads assembly each Thursday and supports lessons in school where appropriate e.g. performing a mock wedding or baptism when pupils are learning about Christianity. Under Section 25 of the Education Act 1996, parents/carers have the right to ask that their children be withdrawn from Religious Education and assemblies.
PSHE and Citizenship
PSHE and Citizenship help to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. The social, emotional and academic development of each individual pupil is an important focus (Basic Skills Quality Mark). Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. Themes such as going for goals, relationships and the local community help our pupils to grow and develop into happy, well-adjusted and responsible young people. ‘Votes 4 Schools’ provides pupils from Years 1 to 6 a weekly opportunity to consider and discuss a topical or contentious issue before voting on it. Pupils can then compare their views and opinions with other classes, local schools and the national picture.