RE helps us to develop knowledge and understanding about different religions. It helps us develop respect for different beliefs, practices and traditions and to become responsible people with good morals and values.
The school celebrates the major festivals in several faiths and there is an emphasis on the teaching of moral values within a caring environment. Parents who do not wish their children to participate in collective worship or RE should inform the Head teacher in writing. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development are strongly promoted through school assemblies and supported by our RE, PSHE and wider curriculum. Children are encouraged to be thoughtful, caring citizens, proactive about making a difference within school and beyond.
Intent At Banks Lane Infant and Nursery School our intention is to engage children in systematic enquiry, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate different religions and beliefs. Our curriculum encourages children to respect others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, in order to challenge prejudice. We are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of religions and world views, and that they are able to use their knowledge confidently to express their own ideas and opinions. Within our teaching of R.E. we seek to engage children in discussion and dialogue to explore how they might contribute to their communities and the wider world. We promote British Values, ensuring that children are aware of their rights and responsibilities as UK citizens. We aim to provide a curriculum which:
Encourages children to ask and reflect on challenging questions about religions respectfully and openly.
Promotes children to appreciate and respect different cultures in today’s society including their own community.
Provides opportunities for personal reflection where children can explore their own beliefs (not necessary religious) and how they can contribute to their own local communities.
Develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of different religions and consider how the beliefs of others influences their lives and the lives of others.
Is rich in creativity using Art, Music, Drama and outdoor learning, allowing children opportunities to learn through creative, motivating and interactive experiences.
Allows children to be individually reflective of their own beliefs and ideas, strengthening children’s ability to learn and articulate their learning at a deeper level.
Encourages creativity, imagination, enquiry, debate, discussion and independence in order to develop their love of learning, and understanding of the world they live in.
Implementation At Banks Lane Infant and Nursery School we follow the agreed syllabus for Religious Education 2016 -2021. We use the R.E. Today Scheme of Work. KS1 – Christianity Judaism Islam At Banks Lane Infant and Nursery School these skills are embedded within the R.E. curriculum and developed over time. We are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of religions and world views and that they are able to use their knowledge confidently to express their own ideas and opinions in lots of religious topics and enquiry-based questions. We take pride in our rich and diverse curriculum which includes a multi cultural market, a visit to St Alban’s church, our Harvest Festival and Christingle Service. We encourage parents to come in to school and talk about their own faith so that we can develop an awareness of our own community. We have a collection of religious artefacts, allowing children to explore different religions through first hand experiences. Throughout the year we mark Saint Days, Remembrance Day, and festivals, thus expanding the children’s understanding of their own cultural capital.
Impact The children at Banks Lane Infant and Nursery enjoy learning about other religions through creative and imaginative teaching. The skills taught across R.E. at Banks Lane Infant and Nursery School prepare children for life, to develop as global citizens, to learn different ways of life and develop empathy and understanding of different religions around the world. They are able to make links between their own lives and the lives of others. Our children are respectful members of society who celebrate diversity and strive to understand others. They are prepared for an ever changing world.