At Trotts Hill Primary School, the intent of our Religious Education teaching is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Religious Education is taught throughout the school in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and philosophy of the school. Religious Education plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHCE, in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our children.
A minimum of four religions are to studied over the time children are at Trotts Hill. Christianity and at least three principal religions chosen from Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Sikhism will be studied in depth. Pupils may also learn from other religions and worldviews in thematic units. Recommended focus faiths for lower KS2 – Christianity (Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism). Recommended focus faiths for upper KS2 – Christianity (Judaism, Buddhism). All six principal religions will have been introduced or revisited by the end of the key stage 2. Christianity is the predominant religion in the school's pupil population. There are no presumptions made as to the religious backgrounds and beliefs and values of the children and the staff. We value the religious background of all members of the school community and hope that this will encourage individuals to share their own experiences with others freely. All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links, which are, and can be made between home, school, and a faith community. We acknowledge that each religion studied can contribute to the education of all our pupils. We promote teaching in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible for both staff and children.
The children at Trotts Hill Primary School enjoy learning about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion. 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. R.E. acts as a link between other aspects of learning. Through R.E. our children develop an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community.
R.E. offers our children the means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way. As such, R.E. is invaluable in an ever changing world.
In RE we follow the Herts agreed syllabus, which focuses on 8 key areas. We teach different religions in different year groups, as shown on our curriculum map. During each year group, children will experience each of the different strands of RE teaching and learning.
The 8 key areas of learning are:
Beliefs and practices
Sources of wisdom
Symbols and Actions
Prayer, Worship and Refection
Identity and Belonging
Human Responsibility and Values
Justice and Fairness