Religious Education makes a vital contribution to the education of our children at Stamfordham Primary School. It enables teachers to foster children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and engages children in learning about and from religion. Through the study of beliefs and practices children are given the opportunity to think about ultimate questions that concern all of humanity. Children are able to develop skills such as empathy, interpretation, expression and evaluation. RE lessons play a vital role in enhancing the school ethos by fostering attitudes such as self-understanding, enquiry and respect for others. RE contributes to PSCHE, and multi-cultural awareness.
At Stamfordham Primary School, we follow the Northumberland legally adopted Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (2022-2027) which is a statutory order. In accordance with the 1988 Act, the Agreed Syllabus reflects the fact that religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teachings and practices of other principal world religions represented in Great Britain. At Stamfordham Primary School, the children will:
EYFS - Encounter religions and worldviews through special people, books, times, places and objects, and by visiting places of worship. They will listen to and talk about stories. Children will be introduced to subject-specific words and use all their senses to explore beliefs, practices and forms of expression. They will ask questions and reflect on their own feelings and experiences. They will use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation of and wonder at the world in which they live. In line with the EYFS Profile, RE will be taught through planned, purposeful play, and through a mixture of adult-led and child-initiated activity.
Key Stage One – They will explore different celebrations, important festivals, special people and places from different religions and around the world.
Key Stage Two – Pupils will be encouraged to be curious and to ask increasingly challenging questions about religion, belief, values and human life. Children will learn to express their own ideas in response to the material they engage with, identifying relevant information and giving reasons to support their ideas and views.
For more information about RE at each key stage, please see the document below.
Pupils will be encouraged to reflect upon their work as individuals, in class groups and through self-assessment as appropriate.
Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are given full access to the curriculum. They are supported within the classroom with appropriately differentiated materials both to those children experiencing difficulty as well as to those children who need extension work.
The RE Syllabus 2022-2027
An extract from the agreed syllabus for RE is attached below. Please contact school if you would like to see the full version.