R.E. (Religious Education)
Mr Mercer & Mrs Archer lead RE at Katherine Semar.
At Katherine Semar Schools, RE is a valuable part of the curriculum offering opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening the understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross culturally. It provides a key context to develop young people’s understanding and appreciation of diversity, to promote shared values and to challenge discrimination.
In-line with The Essex agreed syllabus for religious education 2015 we aim to ensure pupils:
- engage with challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development
- explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics, and to express their responses. This also builds resilience to anti-democratic or extremist narratives
- build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society
- learn to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice
- consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.
In 2019, we decided that there was too much content in the curriculum and we needed to cover each aspect in more depth rather than try to fit in so much content. An analysis was completed to streamline our curriculum whilst ensuring we still had a broad and balanced curriculum covering all important world religions with an emphasis on the religions in our school.
Cross-curricular learning and real world contexts.
- Wherever possible, a cross-curricular approach will be taken to the teaching of RE. Lessons will often be linked to children’s learning in English, History, PSHE or Geography.
- We understand that our world is constantly changing and wherever possible, real time issues and topics will be explored throughout our RE curriculum.
Key learning experiences
- We understand that first-hand experience is an essential element of an outstanding RE curriculum and therefore ensure it is a high priority for all learners.
- Visiting places of worship, meeting religious believers and exploring artefacts ensures children gain these first-hand experiences.
Challenge and Support for all Learners
- We understand that every learner develops differently, and we adapt our provision continuously to ensure every child receives the correct balance of support and challenge in order to achieve their very best. We recognise this fact and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children (including those who may be gifted and talented or have additional needs) by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. Each child is valued, respected and challenged regardless of ability, race, gender, religion, social background, culture or disability.