RE Statement of Intent
At Wickhambrook we believe that studying RE is the core to helping children learn tolerance and understanding of different faiths and religions. Religious beliefs and practices play an important role in the lives of many people worldwide and it is important that our children find out and begin to understand their core values and beliefs.
We aim to provide a curriculum that encourages children to consider challenging questions, explore beliefs, build their sense of identity and belonging, develop respect for others and to consider their responsibilities.
The Religious Education in English Schools: Non-statutory Guidance states that:
- RE contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. It makes a unique contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and supports wider community cohesion.
The National Curriculum states that:
- every maintained school in England must provide a basic RE curriculum.
- the key document in determining the teaching of RE is the locally agreed syllabus within the local authority.
At Wickhambrook RE is taught throughout the school, based on the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus. We also enrich our curriculum by celebrating Harvest, Christmas and Easter, which often includes services in the local churches.
Throughout the school, children learn about key values and how these are important to different faiths and beliefs, making links between them. This gives the children an opportunity to ask questions and compare religions.
In Reception, children focus on Christianity. In Key Stage 1 the children continue to study Christianity but are also introduced to Judaism as well. In Key Stage 2 lessons continue to focus on Christianity and Judaism, however pupils also develop their understanding of other beliefs including Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Humanism.
Much of the learning undertaken is evidenced in RE books.