“If someone is different from you, that’s not something you criticise, that’s something you appreciate.”

Barack Obama

Intent

  • explore a range of religious and non-religious views and practises considering and sharing their own.
  • understand similarities and differences between themselves and others and develop a curiosity and a respect for other people whose lives they perceive as different to theirs.
  • have an understanding of the beliefs and practises of different faiths and how they influence the lives of people with those views.
  • appreciate the diversity within their community and the world and enable them to reflect on their own ideas and ways of living.
  • develop the skills to express their ideas and insights using reasoned arguments and to enquire respectfully of the thoughts and beliefs of others.
  • have the opportunity to investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth and enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together in harmony.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

RESPECT

Children will show respect for the opinions and beliefs of others through an understanding of each other and world faiths.

RESILIENCE

Children will develop a positive sense of themselves alongside the self-discipline to understand and accept differences in others.

INDEPENDENCE

Children will develop a deeper understanding of their own beliefs and values and to be able to independently express those whilst valuing the diversity of others.

RESPONSIBILITY

Children will have an understanding of different faiths and beliefs in order to understand how they can be a responsible citizen caring for others and the environment. 

FRIENDSHIP

Children understand the similarities and differences between themselves and others and be able to value diversity within friendships.

Implementation

  • At CwR we plan our RE curriculum using the York Locally Agreed Syllabus. We have a curriculum map showing the topics covered, all of which relate back to the Agreed Syllabus and a Progression Document which sets out the key content to be covered and skills to practise.
  • In Early Years, we follow Development Matters. RE sits within the areas of personal, social and emotional development and understanding of the world. We also follow the themes of the York Agreed Syllabus for RE looking at a range of religious beliefs, people, books and celebrations.  
  • After a broad teaching of different religious beliefs and practises in EYFS, pupils in KS1 focus in developing their understanding of Christianity and Islam studying beliefs, celebrations, sacred books and sacred places as well as what it means to belong to a religious community and why it is important to different people to care for others and the environment.
  • In KS2 we continue to learn about the beliefs and practises of Christians and Muslim people but also study the beliefs and practises of Jewish and Hindu people. As pupils go into Y6, they use what they have learnt about the different religions to consider questions about racism, looking after the earth and comparing different religious views to specific topics.  
  • From EYFS to Y6, each RE topic is based around a Big Question that aims to promote thought, questioning and expressing of a pupil’s own opinions as well as seeking to understand that of others.
  • RE is taught discretely but may also be taught during topic sessions where natural links can be made. 
  • Where possible, our teaching will be supplemented with trips to places of worship or visits from people from religious communities.

Impact

The intended impact is that children will:

  • Have a respect for and an interest in the beliefs, cultures and practises of others.
  • Have knowledge of what it might mean to belong to a religion or a religious community, understanding that whatever our religious views we can find similarities and differences in us all.