Lynsted and Norton Primary School
Our religious education curriculum is designed with our values of the school and aims to allow children to enquiry different religions and gain an understanding of respect of other beliefs.
The principle aims of RE are:
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.
Lynsted’s RE curriculum is designed in such a way that children can gain understanding through enquiry. By taking part in regular discussions and decision-making processes, children will not only know facts and key information about RE, but they will be able to talk confidently about their own learning journey and have a growing understanding of how to research, interpret and use key knowledge, to then gain respect for why different religions have particular beliefs.
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