Children enjoy an RE curriculum which ensures we develop an understanding of the principal religions (beliefs, cultures and rituals) of families in their community, the local area, the UK and around the world. Through education, we seek to reduce misunderstandings, eliminate discrimination and racism.
We teach RE as specific and dedicated days – one per half term – which enable all members of the school community to study an aspect of a specific religion in depth in each Key Stage. Over time, pupils develop a deep understanding of each religion through their studies, through the presentations of their peers and through the opportunities to meet and engage with a number of visitors into school who are able to share their first-hand experience. We ensure the delivery of subject is knowledge based but one that the children will enjoy and use to feel a part of a community and understand other cultures and beliefs around them. We do this with:
- First-hand experiences – cooking, visitors, trips out, debate, the arts and exploration with music and drama.
- Children sharing their beliefs and celebrations in their home – bringing in artefacts, showing prayer alongside other opportunities for children to ask and answer questions.
- Develop a real sense of belonging with society, understanding right and wrong through debate, questioning and their developing ability to express their opinions.
RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. RE can also make important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum and offers important opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.
In addition to RE days, pupils study Christianity and pupils have the opportunity to visit the church , to enjoy assemblies led by key members of the Christian faith and participate in school events which celebrate Harvest, Christmas and Easter.