“RE is an important curriculum subject. It is important in it’s own right and also makes a unique contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and supports wider community cohesion.” (Religious Education in English schools: non- statutory guidance 2010, DFE, P.8)
The National Curriculum states that ‘state schools’ must teach religious education to pupils at every key stage’.
At Lakenheath Community Primary School, we use the 'Learning About Religion and Belief' and 'Learning From Religion and Belief' aims, to help understand and reflect upon the beliefs of those from different cultures and faiths. All children are invited to reflect upon their own beliefs and values in this context by asking 'I wonder' questions.
At Lakenheath Community Primary School, we learn Religious Education following the Emmanuel Project scheme of work. This is in line with the Suffolk RE Syllabus. Children progress in their learning and build upon their prior knowledge as they move through the school. All children have weekly lessons every other half term. The majority of our focus, particularly in EYFS and KS1 is through discussion and stories. The children also have opportunity to explore RE as a whole school during special assemblies which link to religious festivals from across the world.
Below is our two-year rolling cycle for RE across the school.
We use a number of ways to assess the childrens’ knowledge of religious education. We look at their work in books, and the RE coordinator completes pupil voice with the children and lesson observations.