At Slindon, we believe that our Religious Education curriculum provides rich opportunities to develop concepts and skills that will help children to make sense of their own experiences and beliefs, and to understand the beliefs and practices of members of faith communities.
At Slindon we aim to:
- Demonstrate and display our clear Christian ethos around the school. Provide a wide range of quality experiences and opportunities to develop the children’s own beliefs and knowledge.
- Provide the opportunity to learn about, understand and respect other worldwide and community faiths.
- Provide quality teaching, and a broad range of recording methods that allows religious education to be exciting, active, thought provoking and creative.
Our children will:
- Be comfortable in their belief and able to communicate their feelings in a variety of ways.
- Know how their faith shapes their lives, choices and decisions. Understand that our community, learning, local and global is made up of different faith groups and that understanding and tolerance is vital.
- Have the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge to be participators and responsible members of their community.
As a school we follow the West Sussex Agreed Syllabus
, through the Emmanuel Project scheme of work, which allows the children to explore different faiths, understanding how this links to theology and the lived experience of people. In KS1 RE is taught for an hour a week, while in KS2 it it taught for 1hour and 15 minutes per week. The whole school takes part in daily Collective Worship.
To gain a greater understanding of the entitlement to RE education in a Church of England School, please see the attached guidance.
Policy Statement for Religious Education
Religious education should enable every child to flourish and to live life in all its fullness. (John 10:10).
It will help educate for dignity and respect encouraging all to live well together
Such an approach is offered through a commitment to generous hospitality, being true to our underpinning faith, but with a deep respect for the integrity of other religious traditions (and worldviews) and for the religious freedom of each person. (Religious Education Statement of Entitlement February 2019)
The religious education (RE) at Slindon Church of England Primary School is informed by our school vision and values and our Anglican foundation. Slindon Church of England Primary School is led by four overarching principles. These principles run through the ethos of our school and feed into our policy and pedagogy.
Within Collective Worship, we recognise that all children are unique. We celebrate each unique individual member of the school community as made in the image of God.
Through Religious Education, we aim to foster a positive relationship between the church and school, and with God. We respect that everybody learns and develops in different ways.
Our Religious Education curriculum is inspiring, inclusive, broad and balanced. The calm climate for learning within our school, along with dedicated prayer spaces and spaces for reflection, provide an enabling environment for children to flourish and to feel connected to God.
As a Christian school, the Christian values that guide us every day are intrinsic to many of our policies, particularly our Religious Education Policy. Religious Education is central to the life of our school and to its religious character. It is one of the means whereby our Fruits of the Spirit ‘Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control’, are reflected and affirmed. The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 50; 22-23
As a church school we recognise the core place that RE occupies in relation to our Christian distinctiveness and regard it as one of our core subjects. The teaching of Christianity sits at the heart of our RE curriculum, but we recognise the variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds that make up our school community and respect this variety of backgrounds in the spirit of Christian welcome. Pupils and their families can expect a RE curriculum that meets legal requirements, is rich and varied and provides pupils with a thorough knowledge and understanding of a range of faiths and worldviews. We actively promote British values, including the respect for and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We challenge racism and all forms of prejudice.
RE is one curriculum area in which all pupils encounter and critically reflect on a range of religions and worldviews. As a VC school we follow the Emmanuel Curriculum and use high quality resources and an enquiry approach to engage pupils with Christianity and other religions and worldviews, focusing on significant theological concepts which develop and deepen pupils’ own understanding of the world as part of their wider religious literacy. Links with our Christian values and our school vision support pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development and we provide a wide range of opportunities for learners to understand and to make links between the beliefs, practices and value systems of the range of faiths and world views studied.