At Claremont Primary School, we actively celebrate diversity and embrace staff, pupils and families from many nationalities, faiths and cultures. Religious Education provides a perfect opportunity to celebrate the differences that unite us at Claremont. R.E allows us to embrace our differences, celebrate our similarities and challenge stereotypes.
At Claremont, we adhere to the legal requirement to provide religious education to all children enrolled at our school. Parents/guardians hold the right to withdraw pupils from religious education and are required to meet with Senior Leadership to discuss this. We use the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education to assist the planning of R.E. The agreed syllabus provides succinct programmes of study for each key stage and ‘provides opportunities to explore, and respond to the meanings of experiences in relation to the religions, beliefs and ways of life of others.’
The agreed syllabus defines three main aims, through the teaching and learning of R.E, they are to contribute to the achievement of all children becoming:
Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
At Claremont, we strive to make contributions to achieving these aims through the comprehensive and inclusive teaching of R.E. R.E is taught through all year groups and aims to develop children’s understanding of Christianity, other principal religions and moral teachings. R.E at Claremont focuses on the holistic development of all pupils through moral teaching as well as expanding their understanding of key faiths and religions. The agreed syllabus states that children should, ‘learn about religion’ and ‘learn from religion’. Therefore, it is imperative that teaching and learning of R.E at Claremont encompasses both teaching about various religions but also the moral, social and cultural understanding which can be gained from learning about religion.
At Key Stage 1 pupils’ R.E learning is focused on Christianity and one other key religion while at Key Stage 2 children’s learning is focused around Christianity and two other key religions. R.E should take 5% of curriculum time in Key Stage 1 and 2, how this is split throughout the academic year is at teacher discretion, however it is suggested that it is taught weekly until the year group’s units have been covered.