Intent: To provide a RE curriculum that enables children to explore, discover and flourish as they learn to respect their own views and beliefs and those of others. We aim to promote religious understanding and respect and develop religious literacy so that the children are able to hold a balanced and well informed conversation about religion and belief.
Implementation: RE is taught in accordance with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus for RE 2019. As an aided school with a Christian foundation, in each year there is a focus on Christianity plus the opportunity to learn about the other principal religions or world views in Britain, namely Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Humanism. We do this by exploring and asking questions. Skills such as observing, questioning, discussing, evaluating and reflecting are encouraged in RE. Sensitivity to others and a readiness to listen to others’ viewpoints are strongly encouraged. Care is taken to ensure that pupils have the opportunities to develop their understanding, knowledge, skills and concepts as they move through the school. Where possible we seek to give our children first hand experiences such as visits to religious buildings or visitors coming in to school. We enhance our children’s spiritual, moral, cultural and social development by developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences. We encourage children to think how religious teachings can relate to them. Big questions of life are explored by referring to the teachings and practices of religions and we encourage children to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for all children in reception to have an ‘Understanding of the World; people and communities, the world and technology’ by the end of the academic year. EYFS plan their curriculum in the light of what is taught in Year 1 to introduce the children to certain concepts and vocabulary.
Impact: Through their RE learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. Through RE our children are developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community. RE offers our children the means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way. As such, RE is invaluable in an ever changing and shrinking world.