At Lambs Lane, we believe that the teaching of RE is important for children to learn about, and respond to, different religions, beliefs and values of others in order to understand and develop their own viewpoint.
Our Religious Education curriculum follows the Discovery R.E. programme, which brings R.E. to life through fun and engaging learning and encourages class discussion and questioning. It adopts an enquiry based approach to teaching and learning. Christianity is taught in every year group developing the learning in a progressive way. Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are also covered. Humanist perspectives are added when appropriate in some enquiries. Each enquiry has links to SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development and contributes to the learning of British Values.
The aim is to deepen children’s critical thinking skills through greater subject knowledge and also to allow their own spiritual development. Each enquiry has a big enquiry question e.g. What is the best way for a Sikh to show commitment to God? and this is explored with a 4-step process:
- Engagement (How can I relate to the concept in my own world?)
- Investigation (What do I need to learn about the religion in order to answer the big question?)
- Evaluation (How well can I apply this knowledge using critical thinking skills?)
- Expression (Can I express what difference this enquiry has made to me?)
The purpose of R.E. is to promote religious literacy. Religious literacy requires pupils to gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews and to use that knowledge to engage in informed and balanced conversations about religions and beliefs.
We aim to deliver this curriculum in a respectful and investigative way, by sharing opinions, ideas, values and beliefs within the class and inviting in visitors. This allows children to gain a good insight into others beliefs as well as their own.
We have assemblies every day, as a whole school. This is a chance to come together as a school community, to learn about different faiths and festivals, to reflect on important ideas or to celebrate achievements.