What is our RE Curriculum?
We follow the Guildford Diocese guidelines for the teaching of RE which can be found here. Through this curriculum, the children are taught about the Christian faith, alongside other world religions. Our children learn about the key aspects of the different areas of Christianity and other world faiths, but also think about how it may apply to their lives.
What does RE teaching look like?
RE in church schools should enable the children to receive the National Society’s Statement of Entitlement (2016), which outlines that RE in Church schools aims to:
- enable pupils to encounter Christianity as the religion that shaped British culture and heritage and influences the lives of millions of people today;
- enable pupils to learn about the other major religions, their impact on culture and politics, art and history, and on the lives of their adherents;
- develop understanding of religious faith as the search for and expression of truth;
- contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual / philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own faith and beliefs.
RE is a demanding and extremely rewarding academic subject. Where the subject is taught seriously and well, the benefits for the pupils and society as a whole will be enormous. Society needs citizens who understand and can sensitively share their own faith, and who also have a broad and sympathetic grasp of the beliefs of others. We need people who can reflect on the big issues in life, and who have a mental framework for exploring cultural and religious diversity. Good RE will contribute to all these aspirations and lay an academic foundation that will enrich all areas of life.
Withdrawal from RE Lessons
In accordance with current legislation, parents and carers do have the right to ask for their child to be withdrawn from RE lessons. If you wish to withdraw your child from RE lessons, please make an appointment to see the Head of School in the first instance.
Once a term we hold a Pause Day, in which the whole school is involved for a whole day of RE learning.
An example of a recent Pause Day, was The Easter Story during which each year group was given a key question to help further their understanding, and develop greater depth learning.
Each year group then decided how to present their learning and during our whole-school Communion Service, the groups explained what they had discovered. These are the questions for each year group.
Reception: Who ate with Jesus?
Year 1: What do eggs have to do with Easter?
Year 2: Why is Easter important to Christians?
Year 3: What happened during Holy Week and what matters most to Christians?
Year 4: How does Lent help Christians prepare for Easter?
Year 5: How do we know what happened at Easter?
Year 6: Did Jesus have to die?