We believe it is important for all pupils to learn from and about religion, because this contributes to an understand the world around them. The aim of religious education is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. Our RE curriculum provides opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, develops children’s self-identity and belonging and encourages a respect for all, including those with differing faiths. We encourage our children to ask questions about the world around them and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences.
Our school follows a programme of study formulated by Hertfordshire County Council and the Standing Advisory Committee on Religious Education (SACRE). Our teachers have adapted the SACRE document to Sandon. Our curriculum ensures the careful sequencing of knowledge and understanding, across and between year groups. It builds in the development of children’s critical thinking and enables age-appropriate personal reflection and discussion.
Our RE curriculum includes half termly overviews of content for each year group. This is then added to medium term planning which details any cross curricular links, special visits and visitors.
Through learning about a range of religions, our children are able to build positive and tolerant attitudes towards other religions and develop an understanding of cultural beliefs which might be different to their own.
This generates respectful behaviour towards other religions and cultures, and this in turn is transferable outside of school into the wider community.
Our RE curriculum enables the children to develop their critical thinking skills - they are taught to express their own views about matters, give plausible reasons for their thinking and show an understanding of differing views.
We also measure the impact of RE through:
· Children’s understanding, knowledge and skills - are assessed through observation, discussion, questioning and written work.
· Discussions with the children about their learning.
· Monitoring by RE subject leader of books and content taught.