The Earlham Religious Education (RE) curriculum provides our pupils with high-quality RE education, which both respects and draws on our pupil’s diverse religious and cultural experiences. It supports their understanding of the world, whilst deepening their knowledge of their own and others’ cultural and religious traditions. Pupils are taught and encouraged to make connections between their own values and those of others. It is our role to ensure pupils are being inquisitive by asking questions about the world around them through high quality experiences.
Whilst provoking challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the world, lessons also give opportunities for times of personal reflection. Pupils are encouraged to develop their sense of identity and belonging so they can flourish individually within their own communities and as citizens in a diverse society and the global community.
The Religious Education curriculum at Earlham promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life, while also preparing our pupils for life in modern Britain.
Overview and implementation
We teach RE through the Haringey SACRE (Standard Advisory Council on Religious Education) Agreed Syllabus – AMV (Awareness Mystery Value). Each unit has a focus on learning ABOUT religion and a second focus on learning FROM religion. These foci are shown in the progression map below in the form of a key question. The AMV provides exemplar programmes of study for each group – however, it is important to look at the Earlham progression map below in order to see how this has been amended in order to make the RE curriculum meaningful to our pupils, and representative of our community and other key religions.
EYFS: Religious education makes an active contribution across the spectrum of the Early Learning Goals but has a particularly important contribution to make to:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication, language and literacy
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Children begin to explore the world of religion in terms of special people, books, times, places and objects. They listen and talk about stories. They are encouraged and enabled to reflect on their own feelings and experiences
KS1: Pupils explore the main religions and their principles. They learn about different beliefs about God and the world around them. They encounter and respond to a range of stories, artefacts and other religious materials. They learn to recognise that beliefs are expressed in a variety of ways, and begin to use specialist vocabulary. They begin to understand the importance and value of religion and belief, for themselves, but also for other children and their families. Pupils ask relevant questions and develop a sense of wonder about the world, using their imaginations. They talk about what is important to them and others, valuing themselves, reflecting on their own feelings and experiences and developing a sense of belonging. The focus, in addition to Christianity, is Islam.
KS2: Pupils will study specified aspects of principle religions. They will work on recognising the impact of religion and belief locally, nationally and globally. They make connections between different aspects of religion and consider the variety of forms of religious expression. They consider beliefs, teachings, practices and ways of life central to religion. They learn about sacred texts and other religiously significant sources and consider their meanings. They begin to recognise diversity in religion, learning about similarities and differences both within and between religions and beliefs and the importance of dialogue between them. They extend the range and use of specialist vocabulary. Pupils will recognise the challenges involved in distinguishing between ideas of right and wrong, and valuing what is good and true. They communicate their ideas, recognising other people’s viewpoints. They consider their own beliefs and values and those of others in the light of their learning and are given time to reflect upon what they have seen and heard. The foci, in addition to Christianity, are Hinduism, Judaism and Islam.
Whole School Map for Religious Education
Please click on the link below to access the whole school map for our Religious Education Curriculum