At Emsworth Primary School, we believe that it is important for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them.
Our intention is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of the principal religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and 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 in everyday life, through topics such as celebration and symbolism in KS1 and justice, peace and freedom in KS2. It plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHE, in promoting social awareness and understanding in our children.
We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. We include and promote fundamental human values, ensuring that children are aware of their rights and responsibilities as UK citizens. Our curriculum is designed to encourage creativity, imagination, enquiry, debate, discussion and independence.
When implementing our teaching and principles we follow a variety of resources and schemes of work such as the HIAS RE Living Difference VI, NATRE and RE Today. From Early Years through to Year 6 we cover a variety of topics and concepts within the following religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Humanism. 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.
The impact that our open-enquiry and sharing of experiences has been nothing but positive. The children at Emsworth Primary School enjoy learning about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion. Through their RE learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world, developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life.
It is our intention to adhere to The Education Act of 1996 which requires that all children across Foundation, Key Stage 1 and 2 should be taught RE. It is parents right to withdraw their child from any part of RE if they so wish - please contact the school if you wish to discuss this.
Our whole school RE curriculum map is available here.