Religious Education is provided in accordance with the Swindon Agreed Syllabus (SACRE). Pupils will learn about the key features and will develop a knowledge and understanding of the religious practices and beliefs of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Through this curriculum we provide a positive context within which the diversity of cultures, beliefs and values can be explored. The children are taught to use specific skills such as philosophical enquiry and reflection when responding to religious and moral issues. It is important that we help our pupils develop tolerance, respect and appreciation for the feelings and views of others. Visitors are invited into the school to share with our pupils the beliefs and customs they hold and practice.
Through the implementation of weekly lessons, taught by passionate teachers, children will explore the big questions of life. They will consider what people believe and the difference this makes to their lives, reflecting on their own beliefs and ways of living. Through our teaching of RE we hope the impact will be, that the children of Badbury Park will be respectful of other people’s beliefs as well as developing confidence in their own ideas, beliefs and values so that they can participate positively in our diverse society.
Art, Drama and Music are used to involve children in exploring their understanding of different religious beliefs and traditions. Pictures, artefacts and stories are also used to give children a visual point of reference. In contrast, periods of stillness and reflection are also part of lessons, where appropriate.
There will be a daily act of collective worship either as a whole school or in smaller groups. Parents may, if they wish, request that their child be withdrawn from collective worship or religious education. Requests should be made in writing to the Headteacher.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
Children in the EYFS encounter religions and worldviews through special people, books, times, places and objects and by visiting places of worship. They listen to and talk about stories. Children will be introduced to subject specific words and will use all their senses to explore beliefs, practices and forms of expression. They are encouraged to ask questions and to reflect on their own feelings and experiences. They will use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation of and wonder at the world in which they live.
Key Stage One
Children will develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts. They will use basic subject specific vocabulary, will raise questions, and will begin to express their own views in response to the material they learn about.
Key Stage Two
Children extend their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts. They are introduced to an extended range of sources and subject specific vocabulary. They are encouraged to be curious and to ask increasingly challenging questions about religion, belief, values and human life. Pupils learn to express their own ideas in response to the material they engage with, identifying relevant information, selecting examples and giving reasons to support their ideas and views.
To view the Swindon Agreed Syllabus, please click here.