Religious Education at The Village Primary School
Religious Education encourages children to value diversity in our community as well as learn about the wider teachings and traditions of different religions. Religious education provides children with the opportunity to question and understand different beliefs in a non-biased, safe and respectful environment.
Our Curriculum Aims
- To provide children with opportunities to become familiar with Christianity and the other principal religions of our society such as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Sikhism.
- To provide children with opportunities to study religion, beliefs and attitudes through discussion, research and first hand experiences to develop their social, cultural and spiritual development.
- To provide opportunities for children to explore other people’s differences positively and not to fear them.
- To equip children with the skills, values and attitudes to be successful life-long learners.
Progression through the school
RE in the Foundation Stage
Very young children explore the world of religion through direct hand on experiences. Experiences provided are real and relevant and focus on the child’s natural curiosity to learn more about the world around them. Experiences may include, visiting a place of worship, experiencing a special person visit school to read a story experiencing a religious celebration or exploring different ways of expression through music and art. The focus at this stage allows young children to reflect upon their own feelings and experiences about the world around them.
RE at Key Stage 1
Children explore different beliefs about God and the world around them with special focus on Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. They explore a range of stories, artefacts and visit different places of worship to allow them to begin to value religion and different beliefs. They explore new vocabulary linked to religion. Children are encouraged to talk about what is important to them, reflecting on their own experiences and developing their sense of belonging. They begin to listen to what is important to others and become more aware of differences.
RE at Key Stage 2
As children develop, they begin to make connections between religions and consider different forms of religious expression. They explore Christianity, Islam and Hinduism in more detail and explore different religions such as Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism. They consider the beliefs, teachings, practises and ways of life central to religion and compare similarities and differences. They explore and recognise their ideas of right and wrong and what is good and true. They explore other people’s viewpoints and consider their own beliefs on reflection. They build up their specialist vocabulary. Children begin to recognise the impact of religion and beliefs locally, nationally and globally.