Schools are required by law to provide all registered pupils with Religious Education. In Norfolk this includes the Reception Year of the Foundation Stage who should follow the Programme of study for Foundation. At St John’s Community Primary School, we meet the legal requirements for Religious Education by following the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 breadth of study as outlined in the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus 2012. As a school we use the Discover RE Scheme of work to ensure that the requirements outlined in the Norfolk Agree Syllabus are met.
At St John’s, Religious Education aims to reflect the overarching values of the school curriculum, actively promoting the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, physical and intellectual development of the individual and, as a result, enhancing their wellbeing. We emphasise the importance of: pupils valuing themselves and others as well as the role of families and communities; on the celebration of diversity in society through understanding similarities and differences; on care for the environment. Religious Education promotes and critically evaluates the values of truth, justice and respect for all. It also recognises the changing nature of society, including changes in religious practice and expression, the influence of religion in the local, national and global community and the critique of religions from non-religious groups and individuals.
Religious Education lessons at St Johns aim to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding by learning from and about different religions in a way that stimulates their interest and enjoyment in learning, encouraging the best possible progress and attainment for all. We aim to promote an enquiring approach to RE through challenging questions which enables children and young people to think for themselves, to process information, reason, question and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics as well as developing an understanding of the big ideas and events that have shaped - and continue to shape - our world. RE at our school develops children and young peoples’ awareness of themselves and others, offering opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development as well as promoting religious understanding and respect, to promote understanding between those of faith, and to promote understanding between those who are religious and those who are not. It aims to challenge prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping. It is concerned with the promotion of each pupil’s self-worth, enabling them to reflect on their uniqueness as human beings, to share their feelings and emotions with others and to appreciate the importance of forming and maintaining positive relationships within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society and global community.