At Eling Infant School we aim to support children’s own beliefs and values and to support them in developing an understanding and respect for the religious and culturally diverse environment they are growing up in.
Through RE we build on children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural knowledge and their cognitive, imaginative and emotional development. They learn skills that will give them the ability to respond to cultures, beliefs and practices in a way that fosters understanding and respect. We also encourage children to think about the big questions of life.
Our curriculum follows the ‘Living difference’ syllabus for Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/hias/curriculum-support/living-difference-re-syllabus which recommends a model for learning in KS1 and meets the legal requirements of RE as a statutory subject.
Our learning covers basic concepts that children can relate to and focuses on Christianity, as the religion that reflects the traditions of Great Britain, and Hinduism as a reflection of the diverse communities that our children live in.
We have links with some local churches and regularly visit St Marys in Eling as well as inviting people from the churches and from other religions to visit the school and talk to the children.
Children learn in many creative ways including drama, singing, performing, art, cooking, visits, visitors, stories, games and video clips. We give children opportunities to reflect, share and explore what they believe and support them in applying what they have learnt to real life. This can be a lot of fun as we celebrate many of the year’s festivals both in school and around Eling.
RE lessons are part of our broad and balanced curriculum and will give children a deeper understanding of why they think and believe what they do and a greater knowledge and respect for those who hold other views. However, all parents have a right to withdraw their children from RE lessons and an alternative RE to be given.
Reviewed by Subject Leader - September 2019