Religious Education (RE) is taught throughout the school, in line with the Buckinghamshire Agreed Syllabus 2011-2016. We aim for our children to know:
RE is an opportunity to explore the beliefs, values and attitudes that guide us throughout life. Exploration of world religions will enhance understanding of these beliefs, values, and practices.
There are two main educational purposes to RE.
RE is another way in which the school promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
In Key Stage 1 pupils learn different beliefs about God and the world around them through exploring Christianity and Judaism. They encounter and respond to a range of stories, artefacts and other religious materials. They learn to recognise that beliefs are expressed in a variety of ways, and begin to use specialist vocabulary. They begin to understand the importance and value of religion and belief, especially for other children and their families. Pupils ask relevant questions and develop a sense of wonder about the world. They talk about what is important to them and others, valuing themselves, reflecting on their own feelings and experiences and developing a sense of belonging.
Throughout Key Stage 2, pupils learn about Christianity and at least two of the other principal religions (Hinduism and Islam), recognising the impact of religion and belief locally, nationally and globally. They make connections between differing aspects of religion and consider the different forms of religious expression. They consider the beliefs, teachings, practices and ways of life central to each religion. They learn about sacred texts and other sources and consider their meanings. They begin to recognise diversity in religion, learning about similarities and differences, both within and between religious beliefs and the importance of dialogue between them. They extend the range and their use of specialist vocabulary. They recognise the challenges involved in distinguishing between ideas of right and wrong, valuing what is good and true. They communicate their ideas, recognising other people’s viewpoints. They consider their own beliefs and values together with those of others in the light of their learning in religious education.