Religious Education gives children and young people in our school a unique opportunity to reflect on and learn from the faiths and beliefs of those around them. World and local events reported through the media engage the curiosity of all students and cause them to question how such events can happen: in these days we are all too well aware of the migration of people who make our country their new home, and the many complex and varied reasons for this. Effective Religious Education has much to offer our children and young people as they prepare for life in this rapidly changing world, where critical thinking and discernment will be ever more important and valuable.
The Surrey agreed syllabus for Religious Education aims that all children:
In EYFS, RE is explored through ‘Understanding the World’. Children explore what makes them special and unique and begin to talk about where they belong e.g. family, clubs, etc. Children talk about different communities that others may belong to, learning about key events that may take place.
In Year 1, children explore different religious festivals including why they are celebrated and important. Children begin to explore Christianity and Judaism. They are able to explain how each festival is celebrated, identifying the key components to each festival. In addition, the children talk about their own lives e.g. any family traditions they may have and say why they are important to them.
In Year 2, children continue to deepen their knowledge around key religious festivals in today’s society. Children build on their knowledge of Christianity and Islam and begin to explore these religious festivals in greater detail. Children can recall the key aspects of each festival and look at comparing the similarities and differences between them. Children are able to give their own opinions, whilst being respectful of others’ beliefs.
Children will begin to appreciate the importance of religion in the lives of many people.
Children will develop their understanding of the influence a belief on behaviour and values.
Children will begin to consider their own beliefs, values and attitudes.
We will be able to see that the children know more and remember in more in RE, through evidence in their learning journals and pupil voice. We will also see they are able to recall prior learning and apply it. Children will then start their next year of learning with the necessary skills and knowledge to build upon.