According to the R.E. Council, ‘the ability to understand the faith or belief of individuals and communities and how these may shape their culture or behaviour, is an invaluable asset for children in modern day Britain.’
At Slinfold CE Primary School our faith is at the heart of all that we do. Our Religious Education Curriculum is based around opportunities for all children to be involved in thought provoking and challenging questions of the meaning and purpose of life. We give children the opportunity to understand Christianity and other world faiths.
We aim to ensure all children experience a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them. We encourage them to use their imagination and creativity and demonstrate their learning with a willingness to reflect on their experiences. Children are enabled to connect, critically reflect upon, evaluate and apply their learning to their growing understanding of religion and belief of themselves, the world and human experiences. We do this through an approach of first making sense of the text or the teaching, then making connections and finally understanding the impact of these.
Our RE curriculum is based upon making connections to deepen understanding. Through practical activities and discussions, all children are able to listen to and understand how religious teachings relate to them and the lessons they teach us. Our RE lessons often start with a stimulus such as a picture, hands on activity or piece of music so that all children can feel connected to the learning. New vocabulary is taught, discussed and put into context so that it is understood by all. Each lesson of a unit builds upon previous knowledge and allows children to make links and embed understanding through spaced retrieval. Teaching units are sequenced and built upon each year some abstract concepts. We use physical resources and activities in order for these concepts to become more accessible and meaningful. Lessons outcomes for RE are varied and not always writing based.