RE Aims and Objectives
Religious education in a Church school should enable every child to flourish and to live life in all its fullness. (John 10:10). It will help educate for dignity and respect encouraging all to live well together.
Religious Education in Church of England Schools - Statement of Entitlement (2018) The Church of England Education Office
We follow the Kent Agreed Syllabus which states:
The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.
Teaching and Learning
Within the Kent Agreed Syllabus framework we use Understanding Christianity. This project is produced by the Church of England Education Office and allows us as a church school to develop a deeper understanding of Christianity as a living and diverse faith with a focus on the teaching of Jesus and the Church.
Religious Education is crucial in preparing children for their future by enabling them to develop respect and sensitivity to others. Units covering other major world faiths provide us with opportunities to compare and contrast the roles which religions play within Britain and around the world. Children learn the diversity of different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, whilst still being encouraged to explore, share and affirm their own faith.
Using the curriculum materials enables children to build on their knowledge each year through carefully planned lessons which show progression in knowledge and skills from Reception through to Year 6. Lessons are planned In-line with Southborough’s SEN Policy and ethos, with a range of activities designed to include all children through a variety of approaches: such as inclusive questioning, mixed-ability groupings to enable peer support, the use of resources, materials and visuals. Lessons are planned to facilitate the identification of children at all attainment ranges within each class.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development and British and Christian Values
Our vision, ethos and learning climate offer a multitude of opportunities to live out our Christian values. Children and adults make links between the learning taking place and how this relates to our values of peace, perseverance, hope, joy, compassion and forgiveness. The subject is rich in opportunities for these conversations to take place.
R.E. deals with challenging, big questions and creates room for debate on a range of complex, relevant and interesting issues. All children should feel confidence in voicing their views and opinions in these lessons, in line with the British value of ‘Mutual Respect and tolerance’.
Making links between world faiths and discussing the impact these faiths have on the world around them enables children and adults to explore their:
Children explore their own beliefs and experiences and those of others and discussing the importance of respecting all faiths and beliefs.
Children have opportunities to discussdebate moral and ethical issues and to consider their actions and understand the consequences of them.
Children have the chance to understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
Children become familiar with the groups and communities that they are part of and make links with their learning.