RE is a core subject within the National Curriculum. It serves not only the Social, Moral, Social, Cultural and British Values agendas but also contributes significantly to enhancing Literacy skills as well as linking easily to many other curriculum areas.
The aim of our RE curriculum is to make RE a meaningful and relevant subject for all pupils.
Our curriculum teaches our pupils about a vast range of different religions and beliefs within British society. As part of their learning, the children research different religious festivals, celebrations and practices and compare these to their own beliefs. Our children reflect on why people behave and act in certain ways to show their religious beliefs and look at the positive and negative impact this can have on British society.
We interact with churches in our local community. Every year, we take part in the Christmas Carol Concert at the local Church of England. The local Baptist Minister also supports our Christingle Assembly in Year 1 and Harvest Festival assembly in Years 3 and 4.
Our children also have the opportunity to visit other places of worship. As part of their learning, our children have the opportunity to visit Mosques, Temples and Churches. This gives the children the opportunity to enter these buildings, talk to people about their beliefs and practices and allows the children to ask questions to enrich their understanding.
Our approach is enquiry driven, with key questions driving each topic. This enables children to consider key concepts and how they can relate to these in their own lives, linked to our schools High 5 Values, whilst also giving them an opportunity to recognise and understand the meanings of these concepts to people with religious faiths and beliefs. We encourage children to celebrate our differences and give children the opportunity to explore their thoughts and opinions and most importantly, promote respect for others.