The purpose of RE at Parklands Primary School is to engage pupils in exploring and responding to challenging questions raised by religion and worldviews.
Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage focuses on exploration of artefacts and stories through continuous provision, linking particularly to the Early Learning Goal of ‘Exploring the World’. While Key Stage 1 builds upon these stories, gaining knowledge of key religions, their beliefs and festivals, the Key Stage 2 curriculum requires children to ask and answer bigger questions about the world, revisiting and applying their knowledge of worldviews.
The ‘spiral’ design of the curriculum allows for the children to become religiously literate, laying the foundations for a progression of knowledge, understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to questions. Inclusive teaching and learning, during both RE lessons and collective worship, allows children to gain a broad knowledge of major religions and worldviews reflected in the local, national and wider global community.
RE at Parklands Primary School aims to help all pupils to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and behaviour and develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues. RE will also enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Their acquired learning, through teaching and first-hand experience from religious visitors and trips, will enable pupils to combat prejudice, preparing them for adult life, employment and life-long learning.