At Ark Blacklands, our RE curriculum develops children’s knowledge and understanding of world religions, beliefs and ways of life. Children are encouraged to have stimulating discussions around challenging questions and debate moral issues. We will develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal religions and their traditions and world views. Our RE curriculum promotes tolerance and acceptance of diversity preparing children for life beyond our school.
With these aspirations, we ensure that the curriculums provides opportunities for children:
- To know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews.
- To express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.
- To gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.
- To respect ideas, religions and worldviews which may differ to our own.
- To have opportunities to gain cultural capital both within school and in the local community.
The school uses resources created by ‘Discovery RE.’ to support the teaching of Religious Education. Our curriculum revolves around a broad and balanced view of how religious beliefs have shaped our world and the impact of religion on individual and collective experience. Our curriculum ensures that learning reflects that British religious traditions are in the main Christian, while exploring the range of beliefs, symbols, and actions that underpin the world’s major faiths. The curriculum aspires to develop an understanding of differences and similarities which inform religions and worldviews in our community and beyond.
Lessons are planned to provide students with rich and varied examples of rituals, celebration, worship and pilgrimages while exploring questions of belonging, meaning, morality, purpose and truth. The sharing of understanding through experiences and dialogue with others supports the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils. It also promotes the British values of interfaith harmony and co-operation and the combatting of prejudice and discrimination.
Pupils in EYFS spend time exploring the religions of Christianity. The children think about the celebrated festivals in the Christian calendar, linking this to the celebrations in special places. The final term brings this together with exploring special stories and places of a multitude of religions.
Pupils in KS1 build upon this teaching as the children look in more depth at what Christians believe - the children take time to ask ‘Enquiry Questions’ and make connections across religions. The children also learn about Judaism in Year One and are introduced to Islam in Year Two.
Pupils in KS2 build further upon the learning of Christianity, Judaism and Islam with the addition of Hinduism in Year Three. The children are encouraged to think critically and ask questions of a religion as each half term focuses on an ‘Enquiry Question’.
Finally, as an inclusive school, Ark Blacklands values difference and diversity within our school community and the wider world. As such, Religious Education is delivered within the context of our school Habits of Success:
Responsibility, Courage, Independence, Curiosity, Determination, Aspiration and Resilience.
Parents/carers are able to withdraw their child from RE or collective worship but should discuss this with the Principal.