The RE policy and teaching are based in accordance with the East Sussex Education Authority's Agreed Syllabus for primary schools. The syllabus is broadly Christian and largely denominational, but recognises other beliefs.
The teaching of RE helps children develop religious understanding by exploring what religion means in the lives of both people in the community in which we live and in the wider global community. Through our teaching of Religious Education we hope to promote tolerance and foster positive attitudes towards the religious beliefs and practices of others.
If parents do not wish their child to be taught the Agreed Syllabus, they should let us know in writing so that the child can be excused and alternative arrangements made.
Religious Education in Year 1
In Year 1 the children will learning about Christian beliefs. We will focus on the topics of The Creation Story, Christmas (including Christingle), Easter and Jesus as a friend.
Religious Education in Year 2
- Promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- Develop children on a personal level to prepare them for adult life, employment and lifelong learning.
- Promote community cohesion.
Religious Education in Year 3
In Year 3 we focus on two religions Hinduism and Christianity
- We look at the significance of Diwali and how Hindu’s celebrate the festival and how it brings a feeling of belonging to a community.
- Children explore the Hindu belief of Brahman and consider “How can he be everywhere and everything?”
- The children will consider the role of Pilgrimage to the River Ganges.
- Children will revisit the story of the nativity and consider the symbols and question if Christmas has lost its true meaning.
- Children consider the concept of Salvation at Easter and discuss “What is good about Good Friday?”
- Children consider the concept of Incarnation and question “Could Jesus heal people?”
Religious Education in Year 4
Children will learn:
- the symbols used in the Christmas story.
- the meaning of the Christmas story.
- to understand how Jesus' life, death and resurrection teaches Christians about forgiveness.
- to understand how going to church is important to Christians.
- the ways Muslims show commitment to God.
- to identify ways in which Muslims try to lead good lives.
- to challenge stereotyping through understanding different Muslim interpretations.
R.E will be used to
- provoke challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human.
- develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions.
- foster personal reflection and spiritual development
- encourage children to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses. This also builds resilience to anti-democratic or extremist narratives
- enable pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society.
- develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice.
- prompt pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.
Religious Education in Year 5
Information to follow soon...
Religious Education in Year 6
During the Christmas period, Year 6 will compare versions of the Christmas story in two the New Testament gospels, thinking about the reasons behind the differences. They will study Judaism, in particular, focusing on the core values and making comparisons between Judaism and Christianity. The children will also have an opportunity to link these values to our own 'Golden Rules' and begin to think about their own personal responsibilities within the wider community.