Religious education Introduction
Religious education enables children to find out about what others believe throughout the world. We allow the children to identify the differences of how each of these religions live as well as reflecting upon their own.At East Dene we develop children’s understanding of not only Christianity but many other religions practiced around the world including Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism.
We have many different faiths within our school and aim to make these a key priority in order to educate children about the people around them and within their community.We encourage the children to articulate about their own personal ideas, values, beliefs and any experiences they may encounter whilst remaining respectful when learning about how other religions may differ from their own.
It is East Dene’s Intent to spark curiosity and to explore the many religious beliefs, values and traditions within our multi-cultural society. We aim to give our children the opportunity to inform others and share experiences from their own religions.
Christianity, religions and beliefs represented in our class or school.
In our Early Years Foundation Stage, pupils encounter religions and world views through special people, books, times, places and objects and by visiting places of worship. They listen to and talk about stories. They are introduced to subject specific words and use all their senses to explore beliefs, practices and forms of expression. They ask questions and reflect on their own feelings and experiences. They use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation of awe and wonder at the world in which they live.
Judaism and Christianity (Islam may also be studied)
The teaching of RE in KS1 enables our children to develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and world views. They find out about simple examples of religion that are drawn from local, national and global contexts. They learn to use basic subject specific vocabulary. They raise questions and begin to express their own views in response to the material they learn about and in response to questions about their ideas.
Islam, Hinduism and Christianity
The teaching of RE in KS2 enables pupils to extend their knowledge and understanding of religions and world views, recognising their local, national and global contexts. They are introduced to an extended range of sources and subject specific vocabulary. They are encouraged to be curious and to ask increasingly challenging questions about religion, belief, values and human life. All pupils learn to express their own ideas in response to the material they engage with, identifying relevant information, selecting examples and giving reasons to support their ideas and views.
At East Dene Primary we aim to have at least one educational trip, visitors or ‘celebration’ day for every half term. These are often linked to RE, for example: in the Autumn term our children have the opportunity to visit St James’ Church for our Harvest Assembly, where food is collected by the children and delivered to the local food bank. For Christmas celebrations our whole school also have the opportunity to visit Hope Church. We also celebrate Diwali and past celebrations have included inviting parents in to school for family learning linked to this religious festival. Every year we celebrate Eid and many of our older children share their knowledge and understanding with the whole school community. Our Y5/6 visit the Cenotaph to pay their respects as part of Remembrance Day, with the rest of the school creating their own poppy for a whole school display. We strive to provide quality first teaching for the children with as many real-life opportunities, to bring learning to life and provide a more enticing, engaging and enriching experience.
Even if you’re raising a family rooted in one faith, it is important that you show your children how to connect with and tolerate other religions. This can be done through a variety of different ways, such as: visiting other places of worship within our community; reading religious texts at the local library or by embracing foods from other cultures. It is also important that our children understand their family’s religious backgrounds, their ethical and spiritual beliefs as well as how these links with our British Values.