St. George’s Church of England Primary School values the religious background of all members of the school community and understands the positive contribution they make across the wider society.
At St. George’s, all religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity. We value the links, which are made between home, school, and faith communities.
We encourage engagement from faith groups in our community and members of our local Church regularly visit our school to carry out assemblies. Additionally, St. George’s Church host our school for special celebrations such as Harvest and Easter as well as providing other means of support to our most vulnerable children.
At St. George’s Church of England Primary School, we believe that it is important for all our pupils to learn from and about religion in accordance with the Religious Education in Church of England Schools Statement of Entitlement, so that all members of our school community can live life in its fullness.
The aim of Religious Education in our school is to:
1. Learn about religion, by:
2. Learn from religion, by:
We follow the Discovery RE and Understanding Christianity shemes of work to deliver the RE curriculum.
Across all year groups, Religious Education will:
Each year group will study two different faiths, one of which is Christianity with Christmas and Easter given new treatment each year and as such developing learning in a progressive way. This progressive enquiry model enables children to be introduced to new faiths and ideas together with building on existing knowledge (knowing more and remembering more) and deepening understanding on key beliefs.
In Foundation stage, the curriculum is based upon 15-minute small play-based teaching lessons, which are then supported and strengthen through a wider variety of play activities with a themed approach. This will help the children respond to a key learning question about the chosen world faith. These themes are Special People, Christmas, Celebrations, Easter, Story Time and Special Places.
In Key Stage 1 children will study Christianity in both year groups, and will be introduced to Judaism in Year 1 and Islam in Year 2.
In Key Stage 2, children will study key concepts of Christianity each year and will also study Hinduism (Year 3), Judaism (Year 4), Sikhism (Year 5) and Islam (Year 6).
The Discovery RE units of work follow an enquiry-based learning model. Teaching strategies are varied and mindful of preferred learning styles including the need to vary and adapt lessons according to children’s needs.