National Curriculum Aims
As the RE curriculum is agreed on by the Local Authority, there are no statutorily required topics to be covered. The RE curriculum framework document does state the ways a well-designed syllabus will benefit children, help them to grow and understand their world:
- Pupils should develop understanding of concepts and mastery of skills
to make sense of religion and belief, at an appropriate level of
challenge for their age.
- RE should provide opportunities for pupils to develop positive
attitudes and values and to reflect and relate their learning in RE to
their own experience.
- Building on the statutory requirements, it is recommended that
there should be a wide ranging study of religion and belief across
the key stages as a whole.
- Not all religions need to be studied at the same depth or in each
key stage, but all that are studied should be studied in a way that is
coherent and promotes progression.
- Pupils should have the opportunity to learn that there are those
who do not hold religious beliefs and have their own philosophical
perspectives, and subject matter should facilitate integration and
promotion of shared values.
- The study of religion should be based on the legal requirements
and provide an appropriate balance between and within
Christianity, other principal religions, and, where appropriate other
religious traditions and world views, across the key stages as a
whole, making appropriate links with other parts of the curriculum
and its cross-curricular dimensions.