Religious Education (RE)

Intent

RE at our school is a core subject, giving it a prominent and important role in the lives of all our pupils. We do not intend to educate pupils only for their current life, perhaps in a village, town or city. The purpose of RE includes enabling pupils to be ready to live in a wider world: the region, the nation, the global community.  

 

Implementation

Based on the Derbyshire and Derby City Agreed Syllabus for RE and Understanding Christianity, pupils learn from religions and world views about different ways of life. They discover, explore and consider many different answers to questions about human identity, meaning and value. They learn to weigh up for themselves the value of wisdom from different communities, to disagree respectfully, to be reasonable in their responses to religions and world views and to respond by expressing insights about their own and others’ lives. They think rigorously, creatively, imaginatively and respectfully about their ideas in relation to religion and world views.

In the EYFS (Nursery), RE is taught within ‘Understanding of the World’.

Within EYFS (Reception) and Key Stage One, RE is taught in two mixed age classes and in KS2 RE is taught in two mixed age and one single age classes. The RE topics follow a 2 year cycle to ensure children learn new content, make progress and develop enquiry skills to be able to answer the Key Questions.

Where possible, visits are made to places of worship and faith adherents are invited into school to develop the children’s knowledge and empathy.

Please see our Long Term Plan below.

Impact

The Church of England education office gives the following aims for Church Schools:

  • To know about and understand Christianity as a diverse global living faith through the exploration of core beliefs using an approach that critically engages with Biblical text.
  • To gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews appreciating diversity, continuity and change within the religions and worldviews being studied.
  • To engage with challenging questions about the meaning and purpose raised by human existence and experience.
  • To recognise the concept of religion and its continuing influence on Britain’s cultural heritage and in the lives of individuals and societies in different times, cultures and places.
  • To explore their own religious, spiritual and philosophical ways living, believing and thinking.

Long Term Plan

Progression