The R.E Curriculum
Through the teaching at Milton Park Primary School we aim for our R.E to help the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths, and we address the fundamental questions in life. Religious education enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. We enable children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions, especially those that are the main faiths of children within our school.
The R.E Curriculum will:
• Develop an awareness of spiritual and moral issues in life experiences.
• Develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions and value systems found in Britain.
• Develop an understanding of what it means to be committed to a religious tradition.
• Be able to reflect on their own experiences and to develop a personal response to the fundamental questions of different beliefs.
• Develop an understanding of religious traditions and to appreciate the cultural differences in Britain today.
• Develop investigative and research skills and to enable them to make reasoned judgements about religious issues.
• Have respect for other peoples’ views and to celebrate the diversity in society.
A balanced R.E curriculum at Milton Park Primary School enables children to develop their understanding and experiences from different lessons within the R.E discover programme. The children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We offer opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each unit, and we ensure that the planned progression built into the scheme of work offers the children an increasing challenge as they move through the school and the chance to revisit religions from previous year groups.
R.E Discovery covers different areas of six principal religions with flexibility as to which religion is taught alongside Christianity in each year group. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development. Children are encourage to explore their own beliefs (religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses.
Awareness Mystery and Values:
The focus of the RE curriculum is to provide children the opportunity to explore and develop religious beliefs while reflecting on their own beliefs and identity. There are some attitudes that are fundamental to religious education in that they are prerequisites for entering fully into the study of religion and belief, and learning from that experience. Our curriculum will help children to develop their self-esteem, curiosity, fairness and respect by providing them opportunities to recognise their own uniqueness as human beings, and affirm their self-worth; explore religious ideas through reflection, empathy and imagination; acknowledge bias in their own views and recognise the rights of others to hold differing views. Teaching about religions and beliefs is provided in ways that are fair, accurate and based on sound scholarship. Children learn about religions and beliefs in an environment respectful of human rights, fundamental freedoms and civic values.
• Children will be able to develop their self–confidence and awareness.
• Children to be able to understand the world they live in as individuals and as members of groups.
• Children to bring their own experiences and understanding of life into the classroom.
• Children to be able to develop positive attitudes towards others, respecting their beliefs and experience.
• Children to reflect on, and consider, their own values and those of others.
• Children to be able to deal with issues that form the basis for personal choices and behaviour.