As a Church of England school, the teaching and learning of Religious Education is given a very high priority. It is a core subject and we value the contribution it makes to the spiritual and emotional well being of our children as they develop into compassionate and respectful citizens.
We use the resource, 'Understanding Christianity' to structure the teaching of Christianity throughout school, and follow the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education as revised in September 2014 for all other world faiths: Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children learn about themselves, their families and what it means to belong to different groups, including faith groups.
At Key Stage One children build upon this knowledge, and learn about the Jewish, Islamic and Christian faith in more detail. They also hear about inspirational people of different faiths and consider what makes a good leader, as well as learning about a wide variety of creation stories. All children have a weekly R.E. lesson led by a specialist teacher.
At Key Stage Two children broaden and deepen their understanding of all the major world faiths. They are encouraged to ask'big questions' as they find out about different faiths and their traditions, and consider what it means to them. Children have a weekly R.E. lesson, taught by their class teachers.
Learning in R.E. is enriched by many different visitors, including community faith leaders, family members and staff as they talk about their beliefs and values and how they impact positively on their lives. Each year we have 'special days of learning in R.E.' whereby children learn in mixed aged groups and explore an aspect of Christianity. This year our special days are about thankfulness and Harvest, Advent and Easter.