Our teaching of Religious Education follows the guidance given in the latest Agreed
Syllabus for Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire:-
Religious Education for All
The Agreed Syllabus for RE in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire
Using this Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, we will
Through these experiences they will gain insights and knowledge to help equip them as responsible citizens, ready to contribute positively to our society and the wider world.
The three-fold aims of RE in Nottingham City and the County will ensure that our pupils:
- Know and understand a range of religions and world views which will allow them to recognise the diversity which exists in our city and wider society.
- Can express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and the impact of religions and world views as they develop their own personal views on a range of issues
- Develop and use skills which will assist them to engage seriously with religions and world views
By following the Agreed Syllabus, RE will also contribute to a whole range of school priorities. Study of religious and world views will also promote spiritual, cultural, social and moral development, and will support pupils’ understanding of British Values such as acceptance and respect for others who hold different world views.
If you would like to know more about the Agreed Syllabus a copy can be made available for you to read in school.
At Orchard, our Reception children encounter religions and worldviews through exploring special people, books, times, places and objects. They listen to and talk about religious stories, are introduced to subject specific words and use their senses to explore beliefs and forms of expression. The children ask questions and reflect on their own feelings and experiences. They use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation of and wonder at the world in which they live.
A two-year cycle of RE is studied throughout Key Stage one and two at Orchard. During this two-year cycle, the children will explore and learn more about aspects of 5 different religions – Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism - as well as non-religious views. Themed days are also built into our RE units where the children will learn more about festivals and celebrations linked to these religions, namely Christmas, Passover, Ramadan, Diwali, Easter and Wesak.