RE is taught at Snapethorpe using the Wakefield Agreed RE syllabus. In addition to this, we also use the supporting units of work to ensure progression, coverage and to provide an engaging, hands-on RE curriculum.
RE begins in Nursery through sharing religious stories such as Noah’s Ark, and by celebrating festivals and events from other religions such as Diwali. In Reception, this develops to include special people, special times and special places and finishes with thinking about belonging.
In key stage 1, children learn more about Christianity and build upon the knowledge and experiences from EYFS. They also begin to learn about the Jewish or Muslim faith.
Throughout lower key stage 2, children continue to learn about Christianity in Britain today, whilst building upon their tolerance and mutual respect for others, which began in EYFS and has been built upon throughout Key Stage 1. They are then introduced to the Hindu faith and begin to develop their knowledge for this religion.
In upper key stage 2, children continue to learn about Christianity and the Muslim faith, thinking about what it is like to be a Muslim in Britain today. They also compare the beliefs of Christians and Humanists, thinking about the core values and beliefs. The sessions in upper key stage 2 allow the children to use their developed knowledge and understanding to discuss in further detail many of the expected objectives.
The aim of the curriculum is to give our children knowledge, understanding and experiences related to Christianity and other religions widely followed in Britain today. To aid this, all children attend our link Church, St George’s, regularly to take part in activities linked to their current RE learning. Nursery are visited twice a year by St George’s church and Reception also have extra visits to take part in a Wedding and re-enact the Easter and Christmas stories.
Children also have the opportunities to attend the Remembrance Service, Christingle service and the school choir are also highly involved in this event. Lots of hands on experiences are provided for our children, including Church visits, correspondence with the Church and real artefacts and religious objects for the children to explore as well as visual tours of other places of Worship.
RE is taught weekly in all year groups, except Nursery. Children in EYFS are constantly thinking about what makes them the same as each other and also the differences between themselves and others, the things that people believe that may be different to themselves and take part in celebrations and festivals from a wide range of religions as part of the
People and Communities section of the Understanding the World area of learning within the Development Matters curriculum.