At Godinton Primary School, we believe that Religious Education plays a significant role in our children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others of different faiths and beliefs or with no-beliefs and encourages pupils to develop their own sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. Through our Religious Education curriculum, children develop their knowledge of world faiths, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences.
At Godinton Primary School we have adopted The Kent Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. The aims of this syllabus, provide our children with a curriculum that engages them in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address. It develops their understanding and the skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as to develop responses of their own. Our RE curriculum helps children to develop their own identity and understand their culture and the culture of others.
During each Key Stage, pupils are taught knowledge, skills and understanding through learning about Christianity, Islam and Judaism throughout KS1, adding Hinduism in KS2. Our children may also learn about other religions and worldviews through our assemblies and in our topics.
RE units of work are taught during our termly STAR (Showing Tolerance and Respect) weeks alongside our PSHE curriculum. During this week, RE is taught in a block unit at the end of each term. By blocking the RE unit, children gain a deeper understanding of the religion studied through the use of high quality resources/artefacts and writing opportunities which are solely linked to work in RE. Showing tolerance and respect to individuals across all cultures and religions form part of our school’s key values and are continuously modelled in every day school life.
The following skills are used, in a progressive way to deepen the understanding and knowledge taught: investigating, reflecting, recalling and retelling, exploring, discussing and empathising. Children are provided with plentiful opportunities to discuss and compare the lives of people they have studied from a variety of different religions.
Assemblies take place across the whole school and in classes; senior leaders and class teachers, deliver these. The themes of our assemblies focus on celebrations and festivals in different faith communities, stories from different faiths and cultures as well as aspects of global citizenship. We also have strong links with our local church. The local vicar leads our harvest festival and our upper school children attend an annual carol service at Great Chart Church. Where possible, visits to other places of worship are encouraged such as Canterbury Cathedral.
The EYFS framework is structured very differently to the National Curriculum and it is organised across seven areas of learning. Our EYFS Religious Education Curriculum is designed around the most relevant statements taken from the Early Learning Goals in the EYFS statutory framework and the Development Matters document. In EYFS, Religious Education falls within Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Understanding of the World areas of learning.
It is our aim that when children at Godinton Primary School finish their first year at school and move into Year 1, they will be able to:
Our enriching RE curriculum enables our children to leave Godinton with the self-assurance to articulate their own ideas and beliefs and to be open minded, respectful and considerate of the beliefs and ideas of others. Most children will achieve age related expectations in RE at the end of their cohort year.