‘We live in a dynamic, ever-changing society full of different perspectives, beliefs and cultures. Learning about these things helps children to see the world clearly and helps them develop an understanding about the world and the people in it.’
~BBC news, Family and Education
RE (Religious Education) Intent
At Beanfield we believe that the teaching of RE will create well rounded individuals that are understanding of different faiths and cultures. During their journey through school, children will learn about all world religions through well planned and well taught lessons that allow them to explore different religions and cultures. We also encourage the use of practical experiences, such as visits, visitors and the use of artefacts, in order to consolidate children’s learning and deepen their understanding,
The teaching of RE at Beanfield also enhances children’s spiritual, moral and cultural development by attempting to understand how different cultures and faiths may react in different situations. We allow children to reflect on their learning and explore their own beliefs and values, encouraging them to ask and answer difficult questions about the world around us. The RE curriculum at Beanfield plays a massive part in preparing children for the variety of people they may encounter later in life. It also encourages children to discuss the issues between right and wrong and, whilst children may have different beliefs, they are encouraged to discuss this respectfully and sensitively to develop a deeper understanding.
Teaching RE is a statutory requirement in all primary schools in England and, at Beanfield, we follow the RE syllabus which has been agreed for Northamptonshire schools. The aim of the syllabus is that throughout the RE curriculum, pupils should be encouraged to explore religions, engage with their knowledge, and reflect on their learning and their lives.
We have themed RE topics that allow our children to discuss religions and cultures in depth through understanding their previous and new knowledge. We also ask children what they would like to know about different cultures and religions. Children play an active role in their learning, which is recorded through photographed activities, creative pieces or written work.
In Key Stage 1, children will learn about Christianity and at least one other world faith. They will learn about festivals, places of worship and important figures in religious scriptures.
In Key Stage 2, children will learn about Christianity and five other world faiths. They will start to explore what different religions learn from scripture and the beliefs of these religions. They will also begin finding out about humanism and other world views.
Through this curriculum, children are equipped with knowledge that allows them to develop their own ideas through being exposed to a range of religions and world views.
To support children’s understanding of world religions assemblies highlight all major religious festivals and celebrations. We also incorporate Christian ideas and attitudes in most areas of school life, particularly through our Core Values and Community Code.