Religious Education at Eye C of E Primary School
Religious Education in the Curriculum
'RE is an important curriculum subject. It is important in its 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 2020).
Whilst Religious Education is a non-statutory subject in our curriculum, every maintained school in England must provide a basic curriculum (RE, sex education and the National Curriculum). This includes provision for RE for all registered pupils at the school except for those withdrawn by their parents in accordance with Schedule 19 to the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. As a school we follow the locally agreed syllabus for Peterborough Local Authority and as a church school this is combined with our school's Christian Values to ensure that children learn about the religious traditions of Great Britain, which are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the the teaching and practices of the other principle religions represented in Great Britain.
The Agreed Syllabus for Peterborough can be found at:
Our vision for RE
To develop tolerant, respectful and inquisitive children who respond with wonderment and awe to the changing world around them.
Aims of R.E at Eye CE Primary School
Our aims our RE align with those of the 2018 Agreed Syllabus:
To do this RE should:
Throughout the RE curriculum pupils should be encouraged to explore religions, engage with their knowledge, and reflect on their learning and their lives.
The school’s work in R.E is based on Peterborough’s Agreed Syllabus 2018 as required by law. At Eye CE Primary School we have a devised long term plan, in line with National Curriculum expectations to teach our topic work and where possible we have linked in units that fit in with the planned topics (See long term plan). Where this is not possible the RE unit is taught as a stand-alone subject.
Each Key Stage builds upon the one before, so by the time pupils reach the end of KS2, they should have had the opportunity to receive a broad, inclusive religious education. Teachers considered the religious experience of the pupils in the whole school when planning which religions to look at and in which order.
Christianity is studied in all Key Stages. The choice of which other religions to study in KS1 was based on the experience of the pupils in the class and local demographic. By the end of KS2 all major religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism) and a secular world view (humanism) will have been studied.
Right of withdrawal
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or any part of RE. Requests for this should be made in writing to the head teacher.