RE at Sutton Valence Primary School
At Sutton Valence Primary School we are using the Kent Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education to structure the way in which R.E is taught across the school. The fantastic part of this syllabus is that children are not only taught about other religions but are also encouraged to think more deeply about a variety of different topics. The children enjoy actively participating in their learning and developing a true understanding of different peoples beliefs.
The pupils learning will be recorded in reflective journals that will contain a range of evidence including photos, art and writing. All classes have access to a range of boxes containing religious artefacts, pictures and books. These will be used in conjunction with visits to places of worship, celebration of different religious festivals, visitors to classes to discuss different questions, tasting of different foods and use of candles etc. This will provide pupils with the opportunity to have a range of experiences and inspire discussions in order to create a detailed and rich picture of all religions and cultures.
Our school values of courage, respect, equality, friendship and inspiration work closely alongside all questions discussed in the R.E curriculum as they allow pupils to understand that the way we treat ourselves and others is very important. The Living section of the curriculum feeds into our school rules and illustrates to pupils the importance of commitments and upholding the school values. Celebrating different religious festivals and cultures as well as pupils taking part in weekly singing and art sessions is another way in which pupils can engage with the Expressing section of the curriculum. Weekly assemblies give pupils time to gather as a key stage or whole school and discuss or reflect together on different ideas. Showing pupils that links can be made between all parts of the school life highlights what other links can be made in their wider community and the world.
Please find below the progression across the different year groups: