“The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.”
At Warbstow the teaching of Religious Education provides children with opportunities to reflect and analyse, discuss and debate, explore and discover and learn about the world in which they live. By following the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus (2020-25) and its core elements, we will enable children to make sense of beliefs, understand the impact of those beliefs and to make connections through evaluation and reflection.
We are aware that our school, and local, community are not culturally diverse and therefore place great importance on enabling children at Warbstow to develop an understanding and sensitivity for faiths and beliefs which our different from our own. Our school’s Curious Curriculum is key to encouraging children to be curious about the world around them, to be inquisitive and ponder the big questions and offer views and opinions; all with kindness and respect.
Our RE curriculum is taught over a range of enquiry topics throughout the year on a rolling cycle; this allows children to develop depth in their learning and expand on existing knowledge which is revisited and built upon with each enquiry ensuring progression during each year and between classes. The Cornwall Agreed syllabus provokes challenging questions about the meaning of life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Each class will also investigate non-religious enquiries in order to develop mutual respect and tolerance for others. Teachers plan lessons which enable children ‘to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.’
Each class records their learning in a Floor book which encourages collaboration and teamwork, respect for other’s opinions and pride of a shared outcome. Learning will be recorded in a variety of ways; for example, mind maps, art or post-it notes responses.
In EYFS, RE is taught through the curriculum programme of PSED and Understanding the World. Children learn about and discover Christianity as well as why we are all special, special buildings and special stories which pique and develop children’s curiosity. Children’s language and communication is developed as they share their own thoughts and listen to the responses of others. To develop curiosity about other religions and faiths, some festivals will be introduced though story.
Key Stage One and Two:
Children learn about Christians, Jews, Muslims and Hindus as well as big questions such as how to make the world a better place and how faith helps when life gets hard. In accordance with the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus, the terms Christians and Muslims are used rather than Christianity and Islam to ensure that children learn about the ‘living faiths rather than the history and belief structures of the religion’. It also embraces the diversity between, and within, the religions and traditions. Developing children’s subject-specific vocabulary to enable them to understand and converse with others.
The teaching of RE enables pupils to:
- Develop socially, morally, spiritually, and culturally
- Develop their own spiritual awareness, their sense of self and awareness of others
- Respect, and be sensitive of, the values, beliefs and opinions of others
- Be curious about, and make links, between their own lives, and those of others, in their local community and the wider world
- Understand the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of living in a rapidly changing, multicultural world
- Enjoy learning about other religions and beliefs
- Reflect on big questions, offering their own thoughtful and informed views