Religious EducationIn this section...
The Religious Education curriculum forms an integral part of our school’s spiritual, moral and social teaching. RE is an important subject for championing and promoting the teaching of critical-thinking skills, British Values, inclusion and links to PSHE. It provides opportunities for pupils to ask questions, enquire as well as develop ideas in a quest to discover more about their own identity and that of others. Through our RE curriculum, we aim to develop and value the whole child and will enable them to flourish as positive citizens by understanding the bigger picture about the place of religion and non-religion in the world.
We aim for our curriculum to:
- provide unique learning experiences which involve religious objects and visits where appropriate.
- include non-religious perspectives so children who are not religious can see themselves within their learning.
- challenge perspectives on the religious and world views.
- teach children the key skills for RE learning as well as the appropriate knowledge.
The subject of RE is taught in line with recommendations based on the Sutton Agreed Syllabus (2020) set out by the Sutton Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE). SACRE has a statutory remit to advise the local authority on religious education to be given in accordance with an agreed syllabus and to support the effective provision of collective worship. A SACRE also has within its powers to discuss any matter related to its functions as it sees fit and may therefore include the provision of RE in academies in its discussions or address such matters as may be referred to it. An academy or group of academies can be represented though co-option onto the local SACRE (or indeed any SACRE) if all parties are in agreement.
Parents have a statutory right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and assemblies. However, because of the benefits of RE within a broad and balanced, inclusive curriculum, we hope that any who may wish to do so will contact the school to discuss any matters of concern before making such a decision.
The SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education) syllabus for Y1-6 is attached below, as is the curriculum road map.
Mr D Woolford is the Subject Leader for RE.