Through a planned coherent curriculum in R.E. pupils will explore the beliefs, values , practices and ways of life of the principle religions, other faiths and non-religious world views. They will be given opportunities to reflect on their own beliefs and attitudes and learn how our behaviour affects other people and the world we live in. Through a deep understanding of their own values and those of others, it will help them to make sense of the wider world and prepare them for life in the future.
To do this they will have opportunities to learn about the practices, beliefs and customs of the main religions and consider the similarities and differences between these and their own lives. Pupils will understand the importance of handling religious artefacts with care and learn about why they are important to believers. They will be given opportunities to visit places of worship, understanding what takes place there and the role of religious leaders within them. Pupils will be able to think about their own values and reflect on how this affects their role as part of the school, local community and wider world. Pupils will be encouraged to ask questions about life and think about how their own views will prepare them for the future. They will be given opportunities to consider opinions that may be different from their own and show sensitivity to the beliefs of others. Pupils will be able to investigate the religions in the local area around Cheddington and begin to understand how this affects the values and beliefs of the people that live in their own community.
At Cheddington School we follow the Buckinghamshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
At KS1 pupils learn this through the study of Christianity and Judaism by looking at; Our World, Belonging, Special Things, Important People, All About Me, Special Occasions, Important Places and Special Stories.
At KS2 pupils learn this mainly through the study of Christianity, Hinduism and Islam as well as exploring some of the other principle religions and non-religious world views. They look at; The natural world, Festivals, Religion in the community, Worship, Symbolism, Rites of passage, Sacred texts, Places of worship, Founders and prophets, Pilgrimage, Diversity in religion and Ethics and morals.