At Pinfold, our Intent for RE is outlined in these statements:
- A developing understanding of children’s religious literacy and conceptual understanding of a range of religions and worldviews.
- Discussions and questions from the children that enable them to articulate their ideas about religion, beliefs and spirituality as well as develop their own ideas, values and identities.
- Recognition of the diversity which exists within and between communities.
- A respectful environment where children show an understanding and respect for the beliefs of others promoting ethnic and social harmony as well as an awareness of British Values.
- Exploration of British Values in relation to the religions and beliefs.
- Exploration and meeting of religious communities and people through visits and trips providing an empathetic understanding of others they may encounter in the community in which they live.
- Flexibility to incorporate religions and cultures that have personal importance to the children.
- Support children to begin engaging critically challenging stereotypes and misconceptions with religious presentations in the media.
- Support cross-curricular development where appropriate.
A summary of how we intend to implement this is included here:
- Hands on experiences – through visits by members of different communities linked to religion and worldviews and visits to local places of worship.
- Creative and exploratory – allowing children to express their thoughts and ideas in a range of different ways.
- Child-led – where possible and appropriate. This may include focussing on specific religions relevant to individual classes or developing discussions and activities based on the questions of the children.
These key strands will be taught through everything that we do.
Religions taught (minimum):
EYFS (discovering) – Christianity, celebrations from a range of religions.
KS1 (exploring) – Christian, Muslim, Jewish.
KS2 (connecting) – Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu. Non-religious worldviews – Humanism.
Believing – religious beliefs, teachings, sources; questions about meaning, purpose and truth.
Expressing – religious and spiritual forms of expression; questions about identity and diversity.
Living – religious practices and ways of living; questions about values and commitments.
Work samples which show this in action can be found on the RE section of the website.