At Rosherville, we believe it is important for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. The aim of Religious Education in our school is to help children to acquire a better understanding of Christianity and other world faiths. Religious Education seeks to make a major contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of all pupils. It helps pupils acquire a knowledge and understanding of major world religions, an appreciation of ultimate questions and responses to them and develops their own beliefs and values.
We shall help our pupils prepare for their future by:
- Developing awareness of the fundamental questions raised by human experiences, and of how religious teachings can relate to them;
- Responding to such questions by referring to the teachings and practices of religions and other belief systems, relating them to their own understanding and experience;
- Reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study.
RE is taught in accordance with Understanding Christianity (2016). The main focus is mainly on Christianity, whilst taking into account the other principal religions in Great Britain. We deliver the Understanding Christianity with support from the Rochester Diocesan, which includes aspects of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism. In addition, assemblies take place across the whole school and in classes; these are delivered by senior leaders, class teachers and our local vicar.
The key purpose of the Understanding Christianity is to support pupils in developing their understanding of Christianity as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it. The three themes of Making sense of Text, Understanding the Impact and Making Connections are the underlying pedagogy covered across eight key concepts that are built upon as the children progress from Early Years Foundation Stage to Upper Key Stage 2. The eight key concepts are: God, Creation, Fall, People of God, Incarnation, Gospel, Salvation and Kingdom of God.
Visits to places of worship, and visitors representing different religions provide a variety of first-hand experiences for our children, to spark their interest and relate new learning to their own experience.
Through their R.E. learning, the children are able
- to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world
- develop an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life
- extend their knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs
- develop a religious vocabulary and interpret religious symbolism in a variety of forms
- reflect on questions of meaning, offering their own thoughtful and informed insights