R.E. lessons aim to encourage and enable each child to explore their own beliefs, values and traditions and those of others in meaningful and engaging ways. R.E. will encourage children to share their diverse range of experiences and grow individually and together with sensitivity and respect towards people of all faiths and beliefs. Periods of reflection are regularly carried out during lessons enabling children to talk about their feelings and ideas in response to their experience of religious ceremonies, stories and beliefs.

A variety of approaches are used in the teaching of R.E including discussion, storytelling, role play, research, the use of IT, visits, visitors and the handling of artefacts. R.E. has many natural cross-curricular links and these are used to extend learning and creative opportunities, for example, the use of poetry and creative writing to explore spirituality or the study of religious paintings in art. Children have a separate R.E. book or folder for recording their work and R.E. work is on display in every classroom.

We offer the children opportunities to become familiar with a range of Anglican tradition and practice. We have good links with the local church.  

Through a rich range of activities we provide all children with opportunities to reflect on big questions e.g. about love, identity, beliefs, encouraging them to respond with enthusiasm and eagerness to spiritual questions and ideas.

Extra Opportunities

We believe that R.E enriches the lives of people so we wish to involve as many children as possible in R.E. opportunities. These may include welcoming guests in to school who join us to talk about their faith, or visiting places of worship in England. We celebrate the Harvest, Christmas, Easter festivals with services.

Planning and Coverage

We follow the locally agreed North Yorkshire RE syllabus. The religions studied are:

3-5 year olds

Christianity

Religions and beliefs represented in the local area

5-7 year olds

Christianity for approximately 2/3rds of study time and Islam for the remaining 1/3..  

Pupils may also learn from other religions and non-religious life stances in thematic units

7-11 year olds

Christianity for approximately 2/3rds of study time and two from either Islam, Judaism or Hinduism.

Pupils may also learn from other religions and non-religious life stances in thematic units

We use the scheme as discreet lesson plans which we annotate on to edit and assess progress.

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