Religious Education Syllabus at

Leadenham Church of England Primary School

Our R.E. Policy

The aims of Religious Education are to help children:

  • Develop an awareness of spiritual and moral issues in life experiences;

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions and value systems found in Britain;

  • Develop an understanding of what it means to be committed to a religious tradition;

  • Be able to reflect on their own experiences and to develop a personal response to the fundamental questions of life;

  • Develop an understanding of religious traditions and to appreciate the cultural differences in Britain today;

  • Develop investigative and research skills and to enable them to make reasoned judgements about religious issues;

  • Have respect for other peoples’ views and to celebrate the diversity in society;

  • Grow in awareness of others, and to develop satisfactory relationships with others;

  • Become more aware of how we relate to other people, and to develop skills of personal relationships; and

  • Develop an interest in and reflect upon the world around them, both as a place and a society to which they belong.

 

R.E. will also contribute to the Personal, Social, Moral and Spiritual education of children and the Christian distinctiveness of our Church school.

 

Good R.E. should:

  • Develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity as well as other principal religions and world views;

  • Focus on concepts as well as content, within the context of enquiry based learning; 

  • Explore authentic religious material, e.g. sacred texts;

  • Reflect diversity in terms of the changing religious landscape of the UK so that the children are prepared for life in modern Britain;

  • Engage and challenge pupils;

  • Reflect pupils’ own experiences and provide a safe space for discussion;

  • Present religious belief as a real, live phenomenon, not something exotic or belonging to the past;

  • Take into account the increase in the number of people with non-religious beliefs and identities;

  • Provide opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development; and

  • Help to prepare pupils for adult life, enabling them to develop respect and sensitivity for others.

Skills in R.E.

Pupils should develop key skills in R.E. in order to enhance learning and this should be evident across Key Stages:

  1. Investigation and enquiry: asking relevant and increasingly deep questions; using a range of sources and evidence, including sacred texts; identifying and talking about key concepts.

  2. Critical thinking and reflection: analysing information to form a judgement; reflecting on beliefs and practices, ultimate questions and experiences.

  3. Empathy: considering the thoughts, feelings, experiences, attitudes, beliefs and values of others; seeing the world through the eyes of others.

  4. Interpretation: interpreting religious language and the meaning of sacred texts; drawing meaning from, for example, artefacts and symbols.

  5. Analysis: distinguishing between opinion, belief and fact; distinguishing between the features of different religions.

  6. Evaluation: enquiring into religious issues and drawing conclusions with reference to experience, reason, evidence and dialogue.

Parents/carers may withdraw their children from all or part of the R.E. curriculum. They do not have to provide a reason for this and the school must comply with the request. School have a responsibility to supervise any pupils who are withdrawn from R.E. but are not required to provide additional teaching or incur extra costs. If parents/carers wish their child to receive an alternative programme of R.E., it is their responsibility to arrange this. This could be provided at the school in question or another local school. The pupil may receive external R.E. teaching provided that this does not significantly impact on his/her attendance.

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