The RE curriculum at Eaton Valley Primary School aspires to enable children to develop an understanding of the world of religion and how beliefs influence daily lives. It plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHE, in promoting social awareness and understanding in our children. Our curriculum develops tolerance and respect for the different cultures and beliefs within our society, supporting British values.
We use the Discovery RE scheme of work developed by the Jan Lever group. The enquiry-based approach model to teaching and learning develops children’s critical thinking skills. It allows our children to increase their motivation to learn and allows them to empathise with people and their beliefs, religious or otherwise.
At Eaton Valley Primary School, Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given new treatment each year, developing learning in a progressive way. Judaism, Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism are also covered. The children find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively. They make connections and links between what is learnt and their own values.
We value the religious background and beliefs and values of all members of the school community. We encourage individuals to share their own experiences with others freely. All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links, which are, and can be made between home, school and a faith community. We are extremely lucky that the Parish Priest from the local church, All Saints, visits our school to carry out assemblies regularly.
Our children enjoy learning about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion. Through their RE learning, our children have a stronger awareness of the world around them and will be mindful of the beliefs of others. They will feel safe to learn new things and share their beliefs with others in an accepting environment. RE is invaluable in an ever-changing world. Our children will leave Eaton Valley Primary School being able to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.