"Diversity is the one thing we all have in common...Celebrate it every day"- Winston Churchill
Our Religious Education (RE) lessons are intended to offer a broad and rich RE curriculum to allow for coverage of the areas prescribed; to allow for a variety of ways to explore religions, their community and personal development and wellbeing. The lessons have an intention of providing a high quality, coherent and progressive experience of the subject, with scope for cross-curricular learning. Through each unit, children will know about and understand a range of religions and world views. They will be able to identify, investigate and respond to a variety of issues. The intent is to make sure that children understand the relevance of RE in today’s modern world and how it affects our lives.
We follow the Rotherham SACRE Religious Studies Scheme throughout school. This scheme has a specific series of themes and lessons for each year group, which offers structure and narrative and is used to support class teacher's planning.
In FS2, children begin to look at a variety of celebrations that take place across the world and explore who they are before progressing into KS1 where they find out about different religions, focusing on religious stories and investigating questions such as ‘How do we say thank you for a beautiful earth?’. In KS2, we offer a wider range of learning opportunities about the world’s religions including deeper understanding of the origin of those religions and their key stories and teachings.
Throughout both key stages, emphasis on personal growth and community cohesion is evident, allowing for personal development for the children from FS to the end of KS2. We value class visits to places of worship and visitors into school who can enrich our curriculum and give real life meaning to our RE curriculum.
We support our RE curriculum by having a strong link with the local C of E Church, St Peter and St Paul Church and have regular visits to and from church, such as ‘messy Easter afternoons’ and ‘open the book’ assemblies.
Our RE curriculum provides children to have a better understanding of the religions that make up the UK landscape and how they can learn from and work alongside each other to create community cohesion. All children will be more informed about their position in the world, and the decisions they can make impacting their future. All children in school will be able to talk confidently about their wellbeing, moral and cultural development for the society in which they live. Our RE curriculum will promote inquisitive minds, respect, tolerance and understanding for all those around them including themselves. Our lessons enable high quality work to be produced and evidenced, showcasing a deep understanding of the main religions of the world, their community and their future. This evidence will be seen through using the correct vocabulary, explanations and respectful opinions, as well as cross-curricular evidence, for example religious and cultural art work, drama, craft and presentations. Impact will be seen by all teachers and children enjoying the experience of teaching and learning RE and understanding how it can help them in their future.