aim of RE is to produce pupils who are religiously literate and able to hold balanced and informed conversations about religion and belief .
The contribution of RE to the specific areas of the early learning goals:
Communication and language
· respond creatively, imaginatively and meaningfully to memorable experiences;
· use a religious celebration as a stimulus and talk about the special events associated with it;
· learn about important religious celebrations through artefacts, stories, music, etc.
Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
Children: · use some stories from religious traditions as a stimulus to reflect on their own experiences and explore them;
· use role play as a stimulus and talk about some of the ways that people show love and concern for others and why this is important;
· think about issues of right and wrong and how humans help one another;
· demonstrate a developing awareness of their own needs, views and feelings and be sensitive to the needs, views and feelings of others;
· show a developing respect for their own cultures and beliefs and those of other people;
· show an understanding of what is right, wrong and why.
· listen with enjoyment and respond to stories, songs, music, rhymes and poems and make up some of their own;
· extend their vocabulary, exploring the meaning and sounds of new words.
Understanding the world
· begin to learn and become aware of their own cultures, beliefs and those of other people;
· ask questions about religion and culture as they encounter them in everyday experiences;
· visit places of worship, learn new words associated with these places and show respect towards them;
· talk about similarities and differences between themselves and others, among families, communities and traditions.
Expressive arts and design
· explore and play with a wide range of media and materials and have opportunities and encouragement to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities;
· use religious artefacts as a stimulus to enable them to think about and express meanings associated with the artefact.
Christianity is taught in both Key Stages. In addition, at Key Stage 1 pupils study Islam and at Key Stage 2, pupils study Hinduism and Islam. Other religions, beliefs and worldviews are studied alongside the core religions as a point of comparison, but not as the focus of study. Other religions, beliefs and worldviews are also investigated within the curriculum.
Key areas of enquiry are studied throughout the Religious Education Curriculum:
1. God: What do people believe about God?
2. Being human: How does faith and belief affect the way people live their lives?
3. Community, worship and celebration: How do people express their religion and beliefs?
4. Life journey / rites of passage: How do people mark important events in life?
In order to make Religious Education a lively, active subject, we employ a variety of teaching methods including art, music, discussion, the development of thinking skills, drama, the use of artefacts, pictures, videos, stories and the use of periods of stillness and reflection. Where possible, we want our pupils to have opportunities to encounter local faith communities through visits to local places of worship or visits from members of local faith communities.
We have designed a long-term programme for RE, which reflects the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus and which enables effective learning in mixed age classes. We teach RE as a discrete subject in blocked time as a ‘WOW’ week each term, so that children can immerse themselves in the culture, traditions and beliefs of the major world religions, while enjoying time to reflect upon their own beliefs and practices and the greater questions of meaning and purpose in life.
The interconnectedness of particular world faiths and religious / other world views with certain aspects of the Cornerstones topics are explored, where meaningful and relevant. These connections are evidenced within the Cornerstones planning.
Religious Education Curriculum