RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (RE)
Why RE is important
We want Sheringham children to know about and learn from a wide range of religions so that they can have a better understanding of the communities and the world around them. We want our children to engage with their own beliefs and those of others, develop their critical thinking, inspire their curiosity and to respect the views of others.
In our local area we are lucky to be surrounded by rich diversity and a variety of cultures and religions. Through Religious Education, children are able to develop the British Values of Mutual Respect [and Tolerance]. They will learn how to respectfully take part in discussion and ask challenging and sensitive questions.
We are very fortunate to have RE Sharing Assemblies where children have the chance to share what they have learnt with other year groups. It is a time to reflect and to celebrate their own successes within the subject.
How our RE curriculum is designed
Our curriculum follows the Newham RE syllabus, as recommended by the DfE. You can read about it here and find out more information in our RE and Collective Worship Policy.
RE is taught in blocks of one to two weeks, several times a year. These blocks are aligned so that the whole school is learning about RE at the same time, allowing for meaningful link making and sharing opportunities.
How children learn in RE
Sheringham children will…
- Visit local places of worship including mosques, churches, temples and gurdwaras.
- Visit the The City of London Cemetery and local burial sites.
- Listen to speakers from different communities and belief systems, including religious leaders, family members and staff.
- Respectfully listen to other people’s world views, understanding and appreciating the variety of faiths and opinions held.
- Have opportunities to share their learning beyond their class, contributing to sharing assemblies and presentations.
- Share their own experiences and knowledge and reflect on the values the hold.