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Religious Education

Learning to Shape Our Future

Our bespoke RE curriculum, has been designed and reviewed to meet the statutory requirements of the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus (2019) and has been developed to meet the needs of our children and our local community.

As a Church of England School, we offer a broad and balanced RE curriculum that promotes religious literacy within children and encompasses the disciplines of:

  • Theology
  • Philosophy
  • Human and Social Science.

We recognise that it is important for children to understand and learn about religious and non -religious world views, and compare different religious contexts, within a Christian setting.  We want our Learners to develop knowledge, empathy, religious literacy enabling them to confidently discuss and reflect on Big Questions about religion and belief and its place within the local, national and global community.  Our intent is for our children to flourish and become well informed, reciprocal and empathetic citizens of the world and live ‘life in all its fullness’ in line with our school vision.

How We Learn

Our RE curriculum follows an ambitious, sequenced and progressive seven-year plan, cumulatively building knowledge and skills as children mature through the schools in line the current OFSTED Framework.

Children will receive an allocation of learning in RE in line with the Church of England’s Statement of Entitlement (2019).

The school have selected the following religions for study:

YR

In depth: Christianity

Encountering: Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, non-religious views

KS1

In depth: Christianity and Islam

Encountering: Hinduism and non-religious views

KS2

In depth: Christianity, Islam and Judaism

Encountering: Hinduism and non-religious views (including Humanism)

Enrichment days

Our curriculum is further enriched by a programme of RE Enrichment Days which will allow children to build their experience of all world religions (including Buddhism and Sikhism) and showcase their learning with the rest of the school through a variety of approaches.

Umbrella Questions

Our curriculum uses an enquiry-based approach which is structured around termly umbrella questions for each year group.  These questions are framed through the lenses of Theology, Philosophy and Human and Social Science and enable our children to make comparisons across different religions.

Learning Styles

We use a variety of learning styles to engage children and deepen their knowledge and understanding.  For example:

  • Philosophical discussion
  • Drama
  • Art
  • Music
  • Dance

Links with the local church

We have strong links with our local church, St Stephen’s.  The church team support and reinforce our RE curriculum by leading Collective Worship, visiting our classrooms and facilitating visits to the church.

A Systematic Approach to Planning

Religious Education Vision & Adaptions to Ensure all can Participate

Religious Education Progression

RE Umbrella Questions Progression

Church of England Religious Education Statement of Entitlement

Religious Education Policy

WM SMSC and British Values Policy

What Will this Look Like?

Subject Knowledge and skills

Our children will gain a broad and comprehensive range of knowledge and skills in RE.

They will be able to:

  • Have well-informed conversations about religious and non-religious views
  • Use religious vocabulary confidently when talking about RE
  • Talk about key religious texts
  • Ask and explore big questions about religion and belief within the setting of an ever-changing global community
  • Talk about many of the religious practices within the world and why people engage in them
  • Recognise how they can improve their own learning within the subject of RE

Personal impact

Our RE curriculum will enrich and enhance our children’s personal and spiritual development.

They will:

  • Be able to reflect on what they have learnt in RE and what it means to them
  • Be able to consider and offer their own views about religion and faith
  • Recognise the spiritual impact of religion and faith
  • Be well-prepared to move forward towards adult life and become respectful, sensitive and caring local, national and global citizens
  • Understand difference and have the skills to recognise prejudice
  • Understand the place that religion and faith can have in ‘experiencing life in all its fullness’, in line with our school vision.

Religious Education Videos