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The Importance of RE at St Mary and St Margaret’s CE Primary School
Religious Education is unique in the school curriculum in that it is neither a core subject nor a foundation subject but the 1988 Education Act states that ‘Religious Education has equal standing in relation to core subjects of the National Curriculum in that it is compulsory for all registered pupils’. The RE Statement of Entitlement states ‘In all Church schools, religious education must be considered an academic subject.’
St Mary and St Margaret’s is a Church of England Voluntary Aided School is a Church of England Voluntary Aided School therefore the provision of RE is taught in accordance with the Trust Deed of the School. The Governors in consultation with the Head teacher, following advice from the diocese, have decided to adopt the Solihull Agreed Syllabus and supplement this with material from Understanding Christianity and Living Difference from Hampshire.
The Solihull Agreed Syllabus uses the Conceptual Enquiry approach to the teaching of RE. The Conceptual Enquiry Approach starts with a concept that the children explore rather than learning a list of facts about a given religion. Each medium-term plan follows the cycle of enquiry.
Aims for RE at St Mary and St Margaret’s CE Primary School
In teaching RE at St. Mary & St. Margaret’s we aim for each child to:-
RE Lessons at St Mary & St Margaret’s CE Primary School
Religious education plays an important and unique role in each child’s and young person’s education enabling them to understand their spiritual identity, to adhere to moral values and to learn to play their role in promoting community cohesion and inclusion in our increasingly diverse society.
Learning experiences in RE are designed and provided by careful planning through the Solihull Agreed Syllabus, Living Difference Resources and Understanding Christianity taking into account the need to offer breadth of content.
In order to make religious education a lively, active subject we employ a variety of teaching methods whilst following the conceptual enquiry approach including using biblical texts, exploring theological ideas, art, music, discussion, drama, the use of artefacts, pictures, videos, stories, and the use of periods of stillness and reflection.
RE in the EYFS
The EYFS follow The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the curriculum is planned and implemented using a cross curricular thematic approach underpinned by the school values. RE is fully embedded in the EYFS Curriculum. Children experience the RE content as part of thematic learning based around carefully chosen texts.