Our principle aim of teaching RE is to engage pupils in an approach where they can develop an understanding and appreciation for the beliefs, cultural practices and influence of principle religions, faiths and worldviews in the local, national and wider global community. We have built our R.E. curriculum around themes and key questions that bridge religions and give children knowledge of the history and traditions around each faith. Alongside the rich curriculum, we also make regular visits to places of worship in London and host talks and workshops from people of different faiths and worldviews.
Scheme of Work
Government guidance states that schools should teach RE to support children’s:
- Spiritual, moral, cultural and social development
- Personal development and wellbeing and
- Understanding of community cohesion
For further information please see this website for government guidance: Statutory RE in schools
At Laycock, we follow the Islington scheme of work for RE. This was developed by Islington and supported by a number of other schools in the borough including Laycock. The scheme of work covers a number of different religions and gives the children a general overview of each, so they develop a basic understanding.
The full scheme can be found here: RE Scheme of work Islington
Year groups are given 5 questions to cover over the course of each academic year. Each question allows them to investigate how these faiths impact the people’s lives who study them. This is done in a variety of ways:
- visits to places of worship
- role play