A PRIMARY school will teach children about Islam so they can “learn the facts” following the London Bridge terror attack.

Millhouse Primary School, in Tavistock Road, Laindon, has sent a letter to all parents informing them about the planned lessons.

Staff hope the topic will help children understand the meaning of the religion and bring the community together.

It comes after seven people were killed and 48 injured by Muslim extremists in the latest terrorist attack in the capital on Saturday night.

The lessons will focus on Islamic Art, Ramadan and the importance of caring fot the natural world.

In the letter, headteacher Gareth Allen said: “We recognise that for some of you this may be a sensitive subject at this present time, however we feel that it is even more important that the children learn the facts about religion rather than the ideologies of a minority of people who use their views to inflict harm and upset on others.”

Some parents have hit out at the timing of the lessons. Just over two weeks ago 22 people were killed after a bomb was set off during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Kerry Dehaan, 28, whose five-year-old daughter Bayleigh attends Millhouse Primary School, said: “I went up to the school to talk to them about it and there was a queue out the door of parents complaining. It is far too soon.

“The children are far too young to be worrying about religion and bombs.

“They should be scared of the bogey monster, not frightened that they would be bombed.”

Mr Allen has stood by his decision. He told the Echo the syllabus was set last summer before the latest attacks and covers all the main religions.

He added: “The horrific acts of the last couple of weeks were committed by a tiny minority of extremists and branding an entire religion in this way will only serve to divide communities.

“Tolerance and understanding are crucial in helping tackle terrorism and we will continue to teach children about the true messages and beliefs associated with all religions.”