We recognise the importance of teaching RE in order to nurture open-minded individuals, who understand the range of religions and cultures in the world in which they live. Through our curriculum, we intend to go beyond teaching tolerance to promoting positive and affirming relationships between people of different cultures and religions. We want to equip our students with the tools, knowledge and confidence to challenge intolerance in a respectful manner. We also encourages students to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection.
In Key Stage 1, we begin with an overview of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism and Sikhism. In Key Stage 2, we streamline this to deepen our students’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism as well as learning about non-religious views. Students develop their knowledge of world faiths and their understanding of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies and communities. We teach RE through the skills of exploring, explaining, comparing and connecting. Our programme of study includes a range of themes:
- forming and justifying opinions;
- the origins of religion;
- tolerance, stereotypes and prejudice;
- societal impact; places of worship;
- sacred texts; religious leaders;
- the stories that are fundamental to the religion;
- beliefs and daily practices;
- and reflection – encouraging children to consider their own beliefs, values, experiences and their place in the world.
Our whole-school assemblies enhance our RE curriculum, to ensure that key religious events are marked annually. We also have an extensive ‘Current Affairs,’ programme which supports our RE curriculum to include sessions from the religious calendar throughout the year.
Please see below our RE Curriculum: