Education secretary at the time Michael Grove writes, “All children need to acquire core knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the religious and worldviews which not only shape their history and culture but which guide their own development. The modern world needs young people who are sufficiently confident in their own beliefs and values that they can respect the religious and cultural differences of others, and contribute to a cohesive and compassionate society.”
At Langney Primary School, Religious Education is a key opportunity for children to develop morally, spiritually, socially and culturally.
At our school, the aims of Religious Education are to provoke challenging questions about the purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It also promotes knowledge and understanding of principle religions and traditions, fostering personal reflection and tolerance of different faiths.
Religious Education is taught in accordance with the East Sussex Agreed Syllabus “A Journey for Discovery.” The Agreed Syllabus reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Britain are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of other principal religions represented in Britain. It endorses that all pupils are entitled to learning in Religious Education (irrespective of social background, culture, race, religion, gender, differences in ability and disabilities). It is expected that few, if any, parents will wish to withdraw their children from this entitlement.
To support with teaching the content of the East Sussex Agreed Syllabus in a well ordered progressive way, the school uses the DISCOVERY RE Scheme of Work. This scheme of work has been mapped to our locally agreed syllabus and adopts an enquiry-based approach to teaching and learning, through a wide range of key questions. There are enquiry-based modules on Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) opportunities are also identified in each enquiry.
An enquiry-based model is based upon the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decision concerning religion and belief. Religious Education does not persuade but informs children to develop the skills with which evaluation can take place.
In addition to enquiry-based learning, the scheme of work places emphasis on Mindfulness techniques. Mindfulness means cultivating sense of awareness on purpose, in a non-judgemental way in the present moment. Mindfulness builds upon children’s self-awareness and skills of reflection, thus supporting their RE learning as well as their personal spiritual development.
Please click here to view the overview of Religious Education teaching from Reception to Year 6.