We aim to promote the moral and spiritual growth of our children in terms of developing awareness of themselves and consideration of others.
R.E. is taught according to the Kent Agreed Syllabus, which develops knowledge of Christianity whilst raising awareness of other religions. In accordance with county policy, parents do have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons, although we would hope that parents would discuss the matter with the Head Teacher before taking such a step.
Kent Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and Lynsted School
The principal aim of R.E. in the Kent Agreed Syllabus is:
To engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.
The principal aim can be seen as three strands:
- Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews.
- Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.
- Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.
Our RE curriculum is designed to be challenging, rich and varied, enabling learners to acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of a range of faiths and world views.
Using the Kent Agreed Syllabus we learn about other religions and world views, fostering respect for them. Links with our school’s values and vision, and support for pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development are intrinsic to our RE curriculum and have a significant impact on learners. We provide a wide range of opportunities for learners to understand and to make links between the beliefs, practices and value systems of the range of faiths and world views studied. We use a variety of teaching techniques such as drama, art, discussion, use of artefacts, stories, and reflection to provide children with opportunities to develop balanced and informed views about religions and world views. Children are encouraged to reflect critically and responsibly on their own spiritual, philosophical and ethical convictions, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it. They are confident to enter into discussions, where they respect each other’s difference of opinions on a variety of topics.
Where possible we want our pupils to have opportunities to encounter local faith communities through visits to local places of worship or visits from members of local faith communities.
Parents have had the right to withdraw their children from religious education. However, we would hope that all children admitted will participate fully in RE, and that anyone wishing to withdraw their child would discuss this with the headteacher before making this decision.
What Religions are to be taught?
This agreed syllabus requires that all pupils learn from Christianity in each key stage. In addition, pupils will learn from the principal religions represented in the UK, in line with the law. These are Islam, Hinduism. Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism. Furthermore, children from families where non-religious worldviews are held are represented in almost all of our classrooms. These worldviews, including for example Humanism will also be the focus for Study.
Religious traditions are to be studied in depth as follows:
Reception - Children will encounter Christianity and other faiths, as part of their growing sense of self, their own community sand their place with in it.
Key Stage 1 - Christians and Muslim or Jewish people
Key Stage 2 - Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Jewish people
Due to the split Year groups, Lynsted has a two year rolling programme for RE to meet the requirements by the end of Key Stage 2. As we are a non church school we also use some additional resources to support our children's learning.