Along with all maintained schools in Kent, we follow the overall aims for Religious Education (R.E.) as set out in the Kent Agreed Syllabus. From the start of teaching of R.E. in Year 1 through to the end of Year 6, our aim is to provide the children with a broad and balanced view of the main world religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism. We compare the beliefs of each religion, looking at similarities as well as differences, and consider the affect this has on how people live their lives. We plan in opportunities to celebrate the diversity of religious belief and practice, encouraging the children to ask questions to inform, clarify and develop their own beliefs and values whilst valuing the right of others to hold different beliefs. The children are encouraged to develop a range of general attitudes towards R.E., such as a sense of curiosity and sensitivity to the feelings of other people.
We create opportunities through our R.E. teaching to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the children so as to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. As part of their RE experience, the children have opportunities to visit local places of worship and we invite local religious leaders and organisations who work within our local community into school to share their beliefs and experiences with the children. As with all our teaching, we try to link R.E. into our connected learning where it makes sense to do so and when it helps the children make links in their understanding of the world.