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Religious Education

Why we teach Religious Education

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What do we teach?

There is no nationally prescribed curriculum for RE.  Instead, Local Education Authorities draw up an Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, which better enables schools to provide teaching that reflects the beliefs and practices of individuals and groups within their particular settings.

We follow the West Sussex Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, which you can view by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

The objectives are organised into two broad strands: learning about religion and learning from religion.  In our school, we have chosen to focus on the religions of Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism, but also learn about aspects of other belief religions systems, such as Sikhism and Buddhism.

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How do we teach it?

Where possible, we link each term's RE to our learning journey in other subjects in our medium term stories.  Where this is not possible, we teach RE alongside, but discretely from other subjects.

In order to make learning in RE engaging and relevant, we make as much use as possible of religious artefacts and stories, visits from members of different faith communities and visits to different places of worship.  We make secular links and encourage children to reflect on and consider their own lives and beliefs; RE in our school is fundamentally not about telling children what to think or believe!