RE explores how individuals and communities make meaning and sense of their lives through the major religions of the world, enabling pupils to know about, understand and respond to the important and ultimate questions of life.
In R.E. we aim to:
- Offer pupils knowledge and experiences that will develop their understanding of what religious faith is and what it means to those who hold it.
- Foster respect and understanding of others
- Deliver implicit teaching to encourage the moral and spiritual development of all pupils
- Offer varied and thought provoking experiences that allow children to explore and understand what it means to be a member of any world faith.
In line with the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus, RE has two attainment targets:
AT1 Learning about Religions
Exploring and examining religious beliefs, spirituality, teachings, worship, practices, behaviour and ways of expressing meaning.
AT2 Learning from Religions
Exploring and responding to questions of identity, belonging, experience, meaning, purpose, value, commitment and spirituality.
Four major concepts form the basis of RE teaching
Belief and behaviour
Ways of seeing the world
RE is taught in units of approximately half a term. RE is taught as a discrete subject with links made in other areas if appropriate.
At St George’s the world faiths are taught with a ratio of: 2/3 Christianity & 1/3 other religions
In line with Derbyshire requirements R.E. is allocated 5% of curriculum time
Recommended time allocation based on a twelve week term:-
- KS1 8hrs/term
- KS2 10hrs/term
RE and the right to withdraw - Parents may withdraw their child from RE lessons and the school has a duty to supervise them, though not to provide additional teaching or to incur extra cost. Where the pupil has been withdrawn, the law provides for alternative arrangements to be made for RE of the kind the parents want the pupil to receive. (Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus 2014)