Religious Education Curriculum

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During Key Stages 1 and 2, Religious Education is an essential part of the curriculum for pupils as it opens minds to different beliefs and mindsets that different people and cultures have around the world. It’s extremely important for students to understand that their world-view is one of many.

Learning about different religions can help students to find purpose within their own lives, provides the opportunity to explore different religions and find meaning in things that they may not have found meaning in before.

Our intent is to deliver RE which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child, so that they know more, remember more and understand more. Lessons offer a broad and balanced RE curriculum and to allow children to have a variety of ways to explore religions, their community, personal development and wellbeing. Through each unit of inquiry, children will know about and understand a range of religions and world views. They will be able to identify, investigate and respond to a variety of issues. The intent is to make sure that children understand the relevance of RE in today’s modern world and how it affects our lives.

We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society which is reflected in our PYP approach. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. Our RE curriculum and wider provision will ensure that children will be equipped to support their decision making in regards to their knowledge of other religions. Children will start their journey treating each other with kindness and respect.

The RE curriculum document states the ways a well-designed syllabus will benefit children, help children to grow and understand their world:

  • The study of religion is based on the legal requirements and provide an appropriate balance between and within Christianity, other principal religions, and, where appropriate other religious traditions and worldviews, across the key stages as a whole, making appropriate links with other parts of the curriculum and its cross-curricular dimensions.

Our embedded whole school vision to nurture children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development supports them to foster good relationships between all in line with the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. Our PYP approach allows children to build upon their understanding of British Values in an age appropriate way, in order for them to become positive citizens in a forever changing community and ultimately preparing them for life and work in the modern world.Teachers have access to a comprehensive programme of lessons for each year group, which will offer inquiry, structure and narrative but are no means to be used exclusively, rather to be used to support planning. In KS1, children begin to look at other religions, focusing on celebrations and rituals. In KS2, we offer a wider range of learning opportunities about the world’s religions including deeper understanding of the origin of those religions and their key stories and teachings.

The festivals of Harvest, Christmas, Easter, Diwali and Eid are marked in school and in addition, pupils experience aspects of some Sikh, Jewish and Buddhist festivals.

Children at Molehill will gain a comprehensive understanding of religions within the UK and how they can learn from and work alongside each other to create community cohesion. All children will be more informed about their position in the world, and the decisions they can make impacting their future. The RE curriculum will promote inquisitive minds, respect, tolerance and understanding for all those around them including themselves. High quality learning will be undertaken and evidenced, showcasing a deep understanding of the main religions of the world, their community and their future. This evidence will be seen through using the correct vocabulary, explanations and respectful opinions, as well as evidence of PYP elements. Impact will be seen by all teachers and children enjoying the experience RE learning and understanding how it can help them in their future.