Curriculum Statement - Religious Education
At Christ Church First School, we believe it is important for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so they can understand the world around them. RE plays an important role in promoting social awareness and understanding in our pupils. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, experiences and values. Our RE teaching and learning encourages creativity, imagination, enquiry, debate, discussion and independence.
Through our Religious Education curriculum, we aim:
Legal requirements for Religious Education:
Religious Education is a statutory subject of the curriculum for all pupils in each year group and ‘should be provided for all registered pupils except those withdrawn at the request of their parents.’ (s 71 SSFA 1998)
The syllabus should ‘reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.’ (s375 (3) Education Act 1996)
Lessons taught weekly and are planned to incorporate the Understanding Christianity scheme and the LBDE scheme. The curriculum covers: Christianity, Islam and Judaism and fosters children’s inquisitive nature. Staff are encouraged to use a hands-on approach to learning in RE lessons. Children are encouraged to handle religious artefacts and they are taught the importance of doing so respectfully. RE lessons are question based and children are encouraged to ask questions of their own to help drive their learning forward. Each class has a quiet reflection area that enables children to develop their own spirituality throughout their journey at Christ Church First School
There are no presumptions made as to the religious backgrounds and beliefs of the children and staff. We value the religious background of all members of the school community and hope that this will encourage others to share their experiences freely. All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value links which can be made between home, school and the faith community.
We acknowledge that each religion studied can contribute to the education of all our pupils. We promote teaching and learning in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible for both staff and pupils.
Progress in RE is reported annually to parents and has a prominent position in the end of year report.
Through their learning in RE, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and the wider world; developing an understanding of other people’s lives, faith, culture and way of life. As such, RE is invaluable in our ever-changing world.
Religious Education at Christ Church First School develops pupils’
Religious Education at Christ Church First School encourages pupils to:
Religious Education at Christ Church First School enhances pupils’
Religious Education at Christ Church First School offers: