At Grange Primary School, we believe that it is vital for all our pupils to learn about religion so that they can understand the world around them. Through Religious Education, pupils develop their knowledge of the world faiths, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. Our Religious Education curriculum is enhanced further with trips to places of worship in our local area.
We use the agreed Essex Religious Education syllabus – exploRE - as the basis for our curriculum which promotes learning, development and depth through the following areas:
Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development
Our curriculum gives children:
an ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values;
a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them;
opportunities to use of imagination and creativity in their learning;
a willingness to reflect on their experiences.
Through RE we aim to prepare pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It helps children and young people become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. It gives them the knowledge, skills and understanding to discern and value truth and goodness, strengthening their capacity for making moral judgements and for evaluating different types of commitment to make positive and healthy choices.
Our curriculum explores:
the school community –the diversity of cultures, beliefs and values is celebrated and explored;
the community within which the school is located –we investigate patterns of diversity of religion and belief and forge links with different groups in the local area;
the UK community – we study diversity of religion and belief in the UK and how this influences national life;
the global community – we study of matters of global significance recognising the diversity of religion and belief and its impact on world issues.
To ensure all of the children at Grange receive the best possible RE curriculum, we ensure that skills and knowledge are covered and progress through the different year groups, phases and key stages. The following documents show how we have mapped out our RE across Grange Primary School.
RE curriculum overview
RE coverage KS1
RE coverage lower KS2
RE coverage upper KS2
Intent, implementation and impact statement