RE teaching is an important aspect of our school curriculum. It enables children to learn about the range of religions practised in our multi-cultural city, it helps to build respect for people of different faiths and it promotes self-reflection.
We follow the Peterborough City Council 2018 Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. This states that 50% of our curriculum must be Christianity, with the remaining 50% made up of the other 5 major faiths (Sikhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism) and that children should also be taught about a secular world view (humanism).
We teach RE creatively through art, drama, music and literacy. An important element of the children’s experience of RE is through visits to religious places of worship. Throughout the year each class will visit a different religious building to enhance the topic being taught at that time. This was highlighted in the recent OFSTED report as a particular strength of our school.
Critical Thinking For All Pupils
Reflection Books are used for recording whole class discussions, children’s thoughts and reactions to facts they have learnt, and for reflections about their RE visits. We encourage children to challenge any preconceived ideas they may have and to respect the opinions of others, even if they do not agree with them.
These skills are taught across the year groups in an age appropriate manner. We encourage the children to make links between the different faiths they have learnt about.
- Investigation - using different sources for information
- Interpretation – drawing out meaning from artefacts, art, symbolism, story
- Reflection – pondering on feelings, ultimate questions, beliefs
- Empathy – seeing the world from another’s viewpoint
- Analysis – distinguishing between belief and fact, or differences between faiths
- Synthesis – making connections between ideas
- Evaluation – using evidence and argument to weigh up different ideas
- Expression – to explain concepts and respond to them in different media
- Application – applying learning in new situations