Religious Education

Vision for RE at RPNS

Subject Vision and Rationale

‘The world doesn’t belong to leaders, the world belongs to humanity.’ The Dalai Lama

Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. RE is an important subject in itself, developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society.

Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It can develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal religions, other religious traditions and worldviews that offer answers to questions such as these.

Ringmer Primary and Nursery School provides the context where RE can be celebrated and compared other UK and global communities. Children are supported to understand the importance of religious beliefs and practices through theological enquiry, practical experiences and cross-curricular links. These help pupils to reflect on their own place in the world as well as developing knowledge, understanding and keen critical thinking skills to explain the way different religious beliefs shape the social groups in which they are practised.

Religious education is taught with the aim to support children’s understanding of the role and impact religious beliefs have had on the development of all history, literature and culture through history. It makes connections within the learning journeys that each term follows, thus allowing children to explore in depth many different belief systems, explore their places of worship and artefacts and understand the nature of their worship practices and how they shape the lives of people within each faith.

Our school values of Compassion, Courage, Respect and Responsibility are reflected in every aspect of our Religious Education: Compassion and respect are actively taught, discussed and developed in practical and implicit ways, so that each child understands that their background and beliefs are respected, and that each child is expected to display tolerance of the beliefs of others, both in school and the wider society.

Courage and responsibility are modelled, explained and displayed throughout the school life. Every pupil and adult in the school is encouraged to show the courage to stand up to intolerant attitudes, and to take responsibility for their own behaviour, attitudes and the way they express themselves, so that all members of our school community feel safe, respected and valued.

The values, knowledge and skills developed through Religious Education studies during a child’s time at Ringmer Primary and Nursery School contributes to the development of their own spiritual and philosophical convictions, and are a steppingstone towards a rich, thoughtful inner life moving forward.

Curriculum Overview

RE Curriculum Overview.pdf