At Collis, we aim to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths, the beliefs and practice of the members of those faiths and how and why people worship in the way they do. Our broad curriculum encourages respect, tolerance, and an appreciation of the cultural differences in the world today. Children are given the opportunity to engage with different religious beliefs on important issues and also to develop, enrich and express their own beliefs surrounding these.
R.E plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, especially PSHCE, in promoting social awareness and understanding in our children. We encourage the children to ask questions about the world and reflect on their own experiences. We include and promote British values, ensuring that the children are aware of their rights and responsibilities as UK citizens.
The National Curriculum for R.E states:
“All pupils are entitled to receive R.E as part of a broad and balanced curriculum at school which promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”
“R.E is an important subject in itself, developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religious beliefs which form part of contemporary society.
At Collis we provide a challenging and robust curriculum based on the Richmond Upon Thames Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. R.E lessons show a progression of knowledge and skills, which enable children to learn in a variety of ways and to deepen their understanding of the R.E curriculum. R.E is taught in discrete units, each beginning with a question. Teachers are creative and experienced in adapting the schemes of work to meet the needs and interests of their class and to ensure lessons are practical and well –resourced with religious artefacts and objects and have a diverse range of learning outcomes. Lessons involve drama, art, research, debates and computing skills. Visits to religious places of worship are planned to contextualise children’s understanding, cement their learning and help them to make sense of what is happening in the wider world.