Religious Education (RE)
Why is RE important? - Our Curriculum Intent
At Paddocks we believe that RE has a significant role to play in the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. It promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs and helps to challenge prejudice. We aspire to encourage pupils to build their own sense of identity and belonging which helps them to flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society.
Within RE we aim to engage pupils in an enquiry approach where they can develop an understanding and appreciation for the expression of beliefs, cultural practices and influence of principle religions and world views in the local, national and wider global community. The key aims for Religious Education are reflected in the two attainment targets: learning about and learning from religion and beliefs.
What does RE look like at Paddocks? - Our Curriculum Implementation
At Paddocks we provide an enquiry based approach through the implementation of the Emmanuel Project, which covers the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus for RE in KS1 and KS2 and can be used to contribute to the learning experiences of the early learning goals within the Foundation Stage.
Our teaching of RE is enhanced by:
handling artefacts, exploring sacred texts, using imaginative play or drama to express feelings and ideas, responding to images, games, stories, art, music and dance, meeting visitors from local religious communities, making visits to religious places of worship, taking part in whole school events- ( Harvest Festival, school performances) and comparing religions and worldviews through discussion.
What do our pupils think? - Our Curriculum Impact
‘Finding out about other religions is really important because it helps us to appreciate others’ views.’
‘It is interesting to see how other faiths celebrate, such as Divali and Eid.’
‘I really enjoyed sharing my own experiences of my religion with others in my class.’