Religious Education (R.E.)
In R.E. EYFS pupils learn about different religious and cultural communities in this country and are given the opportunity to have first-hand experiences of local places of worships and visitors from other faiths and cultures. As well as this we take advantage of virtual tours of special places online and learn from stories to bring experiences to life. The pupils begin to be able to identify some similarities and differences between celebrations and festivals. Pupils know that some places are special to members of their community and in wider communities outside of their own. As part of their learning, pupils will be encouraged to use a wide range of vocabulary to describe what they learn about diversity.
As they move into Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 the school follows the Northamptonshire County Council Agreed Syllabus which promotes an experiential and enquiry approach, starting with family, neighbourhood and special times. Concentrating on the similarities of religions. As the pupils move through KS2 learning widens from the local to the national and international examples of religion. Exploring diversity, similarities and differences within and between religions, humanism and other world views. Where possible, we want to provide the pupils with first hand learning of other faiths through visits and visitors as well as virtual resources.
We want our R.E. curriculum to challenge pupils to be increasingly respectful and to celebrate diversity of different cultures, faiths and beliefs. British Values should be actively promoted through the R.E. curriculum: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. R.E. lessons should offer a structured and safe space during curriculum time for reflection, discussion, dialogue and debate big issues such as equality, individual liberty and doing the right thing. The R.E. curriculum will enable pupils to learn to think for themselves about British Values and help them to develop a strong moral code.
At KSPA we follow the Northamptonshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.