We teach RE by exploring key ‘concepts.’ This means that we investigate different religious views through ‘Big Ideas’ such as Creation, Stewardship and the Environment. Children are taught to appreciate different viewpoints from different religions.
Our aim is to inform children about the beliefs, cultures and customs of others in order to develop children’s understanding of how belief systems affect people’s lives. This helps to develop the children’s own values and principles, and supports their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
We also wish to provide the children with the necessary understanding of different cultures that will enable them to conduct themselves with respect and tolerance within a multi-faith society.
The Infants (Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2) study their concepts in a Christian or Jewish context. Juniors (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) study their concepts through a range of world religions depending on which is most relevant to the key concept.
RE is not about telling children what to believe and it is not about judging a person’s faith or beliefs as right or wrong.
Assemblies are held daily for all year groups which are planned from key themes relevant to the children’s lives. Below is a timetable of our assemblies.