New Entrants 23/24 tour dates now live. Please check the New Starters 2023 tab under Parents/ Carers
Login


Religious Education

 

Intent

It is our intention to foster curiosity, a desire for knowledge and a love of learning through the RE curriculum. We aim to promote enquiry, tolerance and a questioning approach to faiths and beliefs. We hope that children will experience awe and wonder through stories, nature, songs and reflections. We value and promote respect both for ourselves and others. We aim to equip children with an understanding of their role as responsible global citizens, as stewards, protecting the environment in which they live. We aim to provide equality of opportunity for everyone to achieve their best, including children from all cultures and beliefs.

We base Religious Education on two major world religions: Christianity and Judaism. We encourage the children to learn tolerance towards people of other cultures and faiths through an understanding of their rituals and beliefs. We engage in an inspiring curriculum which explores festivals, special people and places of worship. Our study of real-life people with a faith ensures that our children have a diverse range of positive role models to aspire to, and a purpose for their learning. We will nurture their well-being, ensuring that their thoughts, questions and reflections are valued. We will explore the ‘big questions’ of life, such as “Who am I?” and encourage the children to ask their own questions.

 

Implementation

Knowledge about and understanding of a range of religions, beliefs and practices

Promoting an enquiry approach, which develops a love of learning.

Finding out about beliefs, practices, symbols, festivals, artefacts and ways of life.

Making links and connections in cross curricular learning.

Suggesting meanings to religious and moral stories.

Interpret key concepts and apply them to questions of belonging, meaning and truth

Expressing own ideas and opinions.

Responding using words, music art or poetry.

Finding out about examples of co-operation between people who are different.

Explaining why beliefs, values and commitments as they are important in their life and other’s lives.

Exploring questions of right and wrong.

Analyse how beliefs, values, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities

Responding to what communities do and why.

What a difference it makes to belong to a community.

Reflecting on personal values of identity and belonging.

Appreciating religious and cultural differences.

Demonstrating mutual respect.

Linking this to British values.

EYFS questions:

Who are special people?

What are special books?

Which places are special?

What times are special?

What are special objects and symbols?

We use the West Sussex RE Agreed Syllabus

 

 

Assemblies

 

We hold our daily assemblies to help each child realise that school is an extended family to which they belong.  We aim to promote a caring environment where children are sensitive to the needs of others and the world around them.  We do this through selected themes, stories, songs and reflections. The daily assembly is our collective act of worship in which we attempt to respond to the needs of children who have a religious background and for those whose experience of worship is based on the awe and wonder of our world.

 

Whilst parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from these daily acts of worship, we encourage them to allow their children to attend, if only as observers, in order that no child is excluded from the corporate ethos of the school.  We ask children who are withdrawn from assembly to read a book during this time.  We encourage local faith leaders to contribute to our assemblies such as Father David our school governor from Holy Trinity church. We also invite members of the local community into assembly who particular skills or interests which the children may benefit from for example musicians, librarians or sports people.