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Religious Education

Religious Education Subject Leader: Mr R Spackman

For any more information on Horton Kirby’s Religious Education Curriculum, please contact the office.

Horton Kirby Church of England Primary School will provide a high-quality Religious education curriculum that recognises and reflects all pupils’ beliefs and practices. Our curriculum is designed to reflect the guidance of the Kent Agreed syllabus. We aim to ensure that every pupil succeeds and develops a greater understanding of Religious Education and religious beliefs. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become more reflective of Spiritual, Moral and Cultural beliefs. Opportunities to celebrate a particular faith will aim to build greater empathy and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

Our curriculum will ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop a greater knowledge and understanding of major world religions.
  • Awareness of religious practices and acts of worship.
  • look beyond themselves, make relevant links to their own experiences and reflect on their own personal beliefs, traditions and values
  • Have an understanding of how school values are reflected in religion.

Intent

At Horton Kirby Church of England Primary School, our RE curriculum enables children to develop their own identity, and enrich their sense of belonging and connection to the local and global community.

Pupils develop knowledge and understanding of the world’s faiths and beliefs, look beyond themselves, make relevant links to their own experiences and reflect on their own personal beliefs, traditions and values. They experience places of worship and religious figures. Our school values (Respect, Resilience, Responsibility and Reflection) are reflected in the RE planning and all pupils are treated equally.

hats of faiths book from RE lesson at horton kirby primary school
pupil writing about RE at horton kirby primary school

Implementation

Our RE curriculum is delivered using the Understanding Christianity scheme of work and recommended schemes through the Kent Agreed Syllabus. Pupils study the main world religions; Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism. The scheme of work focuses on learning about religion and learning from religion.

RE lessons take the form of discussions and debates, reflection and recording of knowledge, thoughts and views. Pupils learn stories from the Bible and other Faiths. They also acquire knowledge of special places, practices, festivals and the role of key figures.

They will be extended the opportunity to visit places of worship.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons. This request must be made in writing to the Headteacher.  Parents are strongly advised to consult with the school to seek further information on the RE curriculum and the approach to teaching and learning before any decision is made.

Impact

At Horton Kirby Church of England Primary School, pupils will

  • Enjoying learning about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion.
  • Make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world.
  • E. acts as a hub between social aspects of learning, science and geography.
  • Developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community.
  • Provided the means to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way.
a range of books in horton kirby library from different cultures

Religious Education in Each Stage

In EYFS, pupils start their journey of Religious Education through an induction into world faiths. We spend 50 minutes a week exploring the stories of the New and Old Testament, understanding why Easter is special and visiting a place of Worship.

religious education display at horton kirby primary school

In KS1, pupils will spend an average of an hour a week learning about Christianity, Judaism and Islam. They will get the opportunity to explore the Bible, visit an Islamic Mosque and meet a Rabbi from the local Jewish community.

pupils showing painted hands in an art class

In KS2, pupils will express ideas and insights about the significant impact of religions and worldviews. Pupils will expand their knowledge of Christianity, Judaism and Islam taught from years 1 and 2, as well as broaden their understanding of Sikhism and Hinduism. Pupils will get the opportunity to visit a Gurdwara, a Cathedral and a Synagogue.

collective worship at horton kirby primary school

Religious Education Progression

At Horton Kirby, we explore Religious Education by understanding world faiths; growing their depth of knowledge year on year. Through the use of ‘end of year expectations’, we are able to monitor their understanding and encourage pupils to express their own perspectives on religions around the world.

SEND Information

Our SEND pupils are supported through our RE curriculum.

Religious Education Extra Resources

For remote learning, please visit our remote learning page or contact our Head of RE for more information.