RE is a statutory part of the curriculum. The school will follow the Swindon Agreed Syllabus (SACRE) and where possible topics from this syllabus will be matched to thematic topics across a year.
The children are taught to use specific skills such as philosophical enquiry and reflection when responding to religious and moral issues. It is important that we help our pupils develop tolerance, respect and appreciation for the feelings and views of others. Visitors are invited into the school to share with our pupils the beliefs and customs they hold and practice.
There will be a daily act of collective worship either as a whole school or in smaller groups. It is of a broadly Christian nature. Parents may, if they wish, request that their child be withdrawn from collective worship or religious education. Requests should be made in writing to the Headteacher. Religious Education is extremely important for our children. We want all children to know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, express ideas and insights about the nature, the impact of religions and worldviews. We will ensure weekly lessons, taught by passionate teachers, where children will explore the big questions of life. They will consider what people believe and the difference this makes to their lives after which the children can start to make sense of religion and reflect on their own beliefs and ways of living.
We will give children an opportunity to develop a knowledge and understanding of the religious practices and beliefs of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Through this curriculum we will provide a positive context within which the diversity of cultures, beliefs and values can be explored. The children will be encouraged to reflect on their own developing beliefs and values and to be respectful of the beliefs and values of others through understanding their traditions and practices. Opportunities will be given for children to question and suggest answers relating to their own religious practices and those of others. Through our teaching of RE we hope the impact will be, that children will be respectful of other people’s beliefs as well as developing confidence in their own ideas, beliefs and values so that they can participate positively in our diverse society.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
Children in the EYFS encounter religions and worldviews through special people, books, times, places and objects and by visiting places of worship. They listen to and talk about stories. Children will be introduced to subject specific words and will use all their senses to explore beliefs, practices and forms of expression. They are encouraged to ask questions and to reflect on their own feelings and experiences. They will use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation of and wonder at the world in which they live.
Key Stage One
Children will develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts. They will use basic subject specific vocabulary, will raise questions, and will begin to express their own views in response to the material they learn about.
Key Stage Two
Children extend their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts. They are introduced to an extended range of sources and subject specific vocabulary. They are encouraged to be curious and to ask increasingly challenging questions about religion, belief, values and human life. Pupils learn to express their own ideas in response to the material they engage with, identifying relevant information, selecting examples and giving reasons to support their ideas and views.