We follow the Lincolnshire agreed syllabus for Religious Education.
The aim of RE in Lincolnshire: To produce pupils who are religiously literate and able to hold balanced and informed conversations about religion and belief.
At key stage 2: 45 hours per year.
Two-thirds of our time has a Christian Focus.
Our RE teaching:
- develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity as well as other principal religions and world views;
- focuses on concepts as well as content, within the context of enquiry based learning;
- explores authentic religious material, e.g. sacred texts;
- reflects diversity in terms of the changing religious landscape of the UK so that they are prepared for life in modern Britain;
- engages and challenges pupils;
- reflect pupils’ own experiences and provides a safe space for discussion;
- presents religious belief as a real, lived phenomenon, not something exotic or belonging to the past;
- takes into account the increase in the number of people with non-religious beliefs and identities;
- provides opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development;
- helps to prepare pupils for adult life, enabling them to develop respect and sensitivity for others.
Our pupils develop key skills in RE in order to enhance learning:
1. Investigation and enquiry: asking relevant and increasingly deep questions; using a range of sources and evidence, including sacred texts; identifying and talking about key concepts.
2. Critical thinking and reflection: analysing information to form a judgement; reflecting on beliefs and practices, ultimate questions and experiences.
3. Empathy: considering the thoughts, feelings, experiences, attitudes, beliefs and values of others; seeing the world through the eyes of others.
4. Interpretation: interpreting religious language and the meaning of sacred texts; drawing meaning from, for example, artefacts and symbols.
5. Analysis: distinguishing between opinion, belief and fact; distinguishing between the features of different religions.
6. Evaluation: enquiring into religious issues and drawing conclusions with reference to experience, reason, evidence and dialogue.
Key areas of enquiry
1. God: What do people believe about God?
2. Being human: How does faith and belief affect the way people live their lives?
3. Community, worship and celebration: How do people express their religion and beliefs?
4. Life journey: rites of passage: How do people mark important events in life?