RE addresses a wide spectrum of issues about humanity and how we exist as members of the global community. Critical self-awareness is nurtured as RE tackles questions about the ultimate meaning of life, humanity and beliefs about God. It ranges across ethical and moral debates, issues around the family and community as well as environmental concerns. Pupils are actively encouraged to develop a strong sense of engagement, respect, self-understanding, and curiosity through the study of different religions and world beliefs. A sense of wonder is central to the study of RE.
Contribution to the curriculum
RE supports the values of the curriculum by actively promoting the values of truth, justice, and respect for all. It place specific emphasis on:
- Pupils valuing themselves and others.
- Looking at the role of the family and community in the context of their religious beliefs and activities.
- Celebrating the diversity in society.
- Appreciating the need to encourage a sustainable earth with a concern for the environment.
Early Years : Explore Christianity and other cultures and religions as appropriate.
Key Stage 1
Explore (Christianity and at least one principal religion)
Begin to use specific vocabulary
Begin to understand the importance of religion and belief
Asking relevant questions
Talk about what is important
Develop a sense of wonder
To value ourselves
Develop a sense of belonging
To relate RE to other subjects
To deploy an appropriate range of ICT skills
To share opinions on what is important to ourselves
To develop the skills of independent learning
To be able to reflect on individual progress
To value what is right and wrong
Key Stage 2
Learn about Christianity and at least two other principal religions
Recognise diversity in religion
To develop the ability to make connections between religions
To become familiar with and show respect for sacred texts
Recognise the impact of religion at a local, national, global level
Recognise the impact of religion in the context of other localities
Appreciate the impact of religion on our daily life
Extend the range and use of specialist vocabulary
Valuing what is right and wrong; good and true
Ability to empathise with the views of others
Reflect on what it means to belong to a faith community
To develop skills of independent learning
To communicate ideas in a variety of ways using different presentational skills
To develop open – mindedness
To develop some skills of metacognition
To deploy a range of appropriate ICT skills
To use a creative approach to express religious ideas.