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R.E.

Definition

Religious Education enables pupils to become aware of religious aspects of life and to give them knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other major world faiths. The content is concerned with the beliefs and religious practices of people and what these can mean for these people as they live out their lives. It aims to develop skills and some understanding of religious ideas. Religious Education is also concerned with the search for meaning and purpose in life by both believers and by the pupils themselves. We help the children learn from religions as well as about religions.
We are also very aware of the role RE plays within SMSCD and in Promoting British Values.
 
Aims
At Comberton Primary School we aim to:

  • develop pupils’ awareness of the religious aspects of life.
  • give pupils some knowledge and understanding of the major world religions.
  • help pupils recognise people behave in certain ways because of the beliefs they hold.
  • allow them to explore their own feelings, experiences and emotions as they explore some of the puzzling questions of life.
  • encourage pupils to have respect for others with different beliefs, practices and ways of living.

 
The legal position of Religious Education

Our school curriculum for RE meets the requirements of the Education Act (1996), the School Standards and Framework Act (1998) and the Education Act (2002) These require that religious education is taught to all children, including those in reception classes who are less than five years old. However parents are allowed to withdraw their child from religious education classes if they so wish, although this should only be done once the parents have given written notice to the headteacher and school governors. If a child is not to participate in the lesson he/ she will go to a parallel class where RE is not being taught. Teachers can also refuse to teach religious education, but only after they have given due notice of their intention to the school governors. The religious education curriculum forms an important part of our school’s spiritual, moral and social teaching. It also promotes education for citizenship. Our school RE curriculum is based on The Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus and it meets all the requirements set out in that document. In line with the legal requirement of the Education Act (2002) Christianity is taught as the predominant religion in both Key Stage One and Two. A minimum of five other religions must be taught according to the following pattern:
 
Key Stage 1: Christianity, Judaism and one other religion (Buddhism)
 
Key Stage 2: Christianity and Hinduism ( Years 3-4 ), Islam (Years 5-6), Sikhism (Years5-6) and one other religion (Buddhism)
                       
 
*All members of staff at Comberton are happy to teach R.E.
 
Time Allocation
The expectation is that the minimum hours devoted to religious education will be:
Key Stage 1: 36 hours per year
Key Stage 2: 45 hours per year
 
 
Curriculum Statements

The school curriculum is organised in relation to the needs of the National Curriculum. There will be, however, a cross-curricular approach to religious education allowing each subject area to make a significant contribution. From time to time the curriculum may be collapsed e.g. Hinduism days/week. Community cohesion is built up through visits and visitors.
 
Nursery and Foundation Stage

In nursery there is no legal requirement to include religious education. However, provision must be made for their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and lay the foundations for more formal religious education at a later stage. Therefore in our nursery we cover the four strands as suggested in the Agreed Syllabus for Under Fives.
In reception classes, religious education is an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. As the reception classes are part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the religious education aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals.


(For more information see the RE Policy.)

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