Our primary intent for RE is that the children from our school are able to explore, be curious, question and gain further knowledge of their own beliefs, values and traditions. They are also able to learn about those of others in meaningful and engaging ways.
As a result, our pupils will be able to positively regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and acceptance. Our RE curriculum is broad, varied and covers the 6 main religions as well as humanism. Children are taught about each religion in historical and anthropological ways, which allows for objective study of each faith and a better understanding of people’s beliefs in our school community.
KS1 studies the three main religions which are most prominent in our school community: Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, as well as Sikhism and are introduced to Judaism. In KS2, knowledge of these religions is built upon, and children are also taught about Buddhism and Humanism. This structure offers children the chance to build on prior knowledge and personal experiences to make comparisons and connections between different faiths. Units of work are taught at the relevant times of the year to ensure that children can make the link with particular religious festivals pertaining to a variety of different faiths.
Through RE, the British Values of individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are taught and promoted. By the end of KS2, the children that leave us will be able to appreciate and celebrate the diverse community they live in as well understand the principles of different faiths.