Our Religious Education (RE) curriculum aims to equip children with the knowledge and skills to be respectful individuals who celebrate differences. We follow the Focus Education scheme, which embeds British values. All of our children receive 45 minutes a week of discrete, quality education.
In the early years, children begin their RE journey through multiple early learning goals; including understanding of the world, people and communities, and communication and language interwoven throughout.The coverage of religions and world views is bespoke to the cohort in order to celebrate key festivals and cultures that are immediately relevant to the cohort. Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs are the British Values implemented from the very beginning of the children’s educational journey.
In Key Stage 1 (KS1), the children begin the units of work from the Focus Education scheme. This scheme interweaves both the national curriculum and the Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus. The units of work are focussed around key questions based on common themes within religions and world views. As children progress through KS1 to Key Stage 2 (KS2), the Focus Education scheme provides a spiral curriculum where progression of these key concepts is confidently facilitated and built upon. The learning will be enriched by additional opportunities to visit a place of worship once per key stage, and engage with the local community by inviting visitors to run workshops for children.
Throughout KS1 and KS2, children are provided with a range of individual, paired and group learning opportunities.These heavily include discussion and debate, increasing depth of knowledge, understanding of beliefs and helping children develop their own world views. There are opportunities that enable comparison and connections between their values and beliefs with other viewpoints, again promoting tolerance and respect both within our school and our wider community.