At Ninfield C.E. Primary School, children will learn about different religions, traditions and cultures, learning tolerance and respect for them, with a particular emphasis, as a Church of England school, on Christianity. We aim to develop children's skills of enquiry, reasoned arguments and reflections. Questions are asked of children whilst allowing them to ask their own questions, in order to develop their critical thinking, self-belief and self-confidence. We teach pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs. Within our teaching, we encourage empathy, generosity, forgiveness and compassion thus enabling pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and others and how they might contribute to society and the wider world.
We use the East Sussex Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education as the basis for our curriculum - Faith and Belief in the 21st Century.
In accordance with The Church of England’s RE Statement of Entitlement, RE is taught for a minimum of 5% of the class teaching time over the course of a year. At Ninfield CE Primary, Christianity is the key focus across both Key Stages. Other faiths and worldviews are valued in our curriculum and include: Judaism, Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism.
During RE lessons, children learn through a variety of teaching and learning activities where they discuss, reflect, evaluate and reach their own decisions to answer the ‘big question' that each unit has. Children’s work is recorded in a whole class RE book.
We work alongside our local church St Mary the Virgin and Reverend Frostick to ensure that the children are given the opportunity to visit the church regularly, both for services and as part of their RE lessons when appropriate. Other visitors from all faiths are also welcomed into our school.
- Most children will achieve at least age related expectations in RE.
- Children will develop a good knowledge and understanding of a range of world faiths and traditions by the time they leave KS2. They will develop respect for these faiths and celebrate the diversity of our multi-cultural world.
- They will develop a deeper understanding of their own beliefs and values and be able to discuss these.
- They will show enjoyment and inspiration during RE lessons.
- The children will also develop spiritually, morally and emotionally so they become well rounded citizens in the world in which they live.