“The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle question raised by religions and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.” Devon and Torbay Agreed Syllabus (2019-2024)
The importance placed on the development of the whole child spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually is reflected in our RE and World Views curriculum.
The aims of the Partnership are to enable children of all abilities and stages of development to:
In the EYFS, links between RE and progress towards development in PSED and Understanding the World are promoted.
Spirituality is developed through the children’s natural imagination and curiosity to appreciate their world, their excitement in learning, their fascination, their active exploration and first-hand experience. Children are encouraged to reflect on their feelings and experiences, share opinions and listen to and respect the feelings and ideas of others. Reception teachers plan learning following the Devon and Torbay Syllabus (2019-2024), with guidance taken from the appropriate units of study. At least four of the six suggested units are covered.
Throughout Key Stage One, children develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and world views. They are encouraged to raise questions and begin to express their own views in response to the materials they learn in RE. Teachers plan learning following the Devon and Torbay Syllabus (2019-2024), with guidance taken from the appropriate units of study. In order to make religious education a lively, active subject teachers employ a variety of teaching methods including art, music, discussion, the development of thinking skills, drama, the use of artefacts, pictures, stories and reflection . Where possible children have opportunities to encounter local faith communities and visit local places of worship. Children contribute to whole class "floor books" in RE to represent their discussions and learning. They also express their ideas and beliefs through artwork.
In Key Stage Two children extend their knowledge and understanding of religions and world views, recognising their local national and global contexts. They are introduced to an extended range of sources and subject specific vocabulary. They will be encouraged to be curious and to ask increasingly challenging questions about religion, belief, values and human life. Children learn to express their own ideas in response to the material they engage with identifying relevant information selecting examples and giving reasons to support their ideas and views. (Page 55 Devon and Torbay Agreed syllabus for R.E.) Where possible children have opportunities to encounter local faith communities and visit local and more distant places of worship first-hand. Children contribute to whole class "floor books" in RE to represent their discussions and learning. They also express their ideas and beliefs through artwork.
Good teaching in R.E. allows children to both learn about religion and reflect on what religious ideas and concepts mean to themselves and others. Careful planning in accordance with the Agreed Syllabus enables our children to: