At St. Michael’s we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum and as a Church of England school, we believe that a high quality religious education (RE) curriculum is essential to meet this requirement. At the heart of RE in church schools is the teaching of Christianity, rooted in the person and work of Jesus Christ. We also encourage learning about other religions and world views fostering respect for them.
Our RE curriculum is rich and varied, enabling learners to acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith. We provide a wide range of opportunities for learners to understand and to make links between the beliefs, practices and value systems of the range of faiths and world views studied.
Links with our Christian values of Love, Forgiveness, Honesty and Respect together with spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are intrinsic to our RE curriculum.
We follow the East Sussex Agreed Syllabus for RE, which was revised and implemented in 2022. Alongside this, we use the Understanding Christianity resource, which focuses on our Christian heritage and faith.
The Principal Aim
The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
The threefold aim of RE elaborates the principal aim. The curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Make sense of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs
- Understand the impact and significance of religious and non-religious beliefs
- Make connections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts, practices and ideas studied
Time for RE
Schools have a statutory responsibility to deliver religious education to all pupils, except those withdrawn by parents. At St Michael’s CE Primary:
Pupils aged 4 to 7 years study 36 hours of RE per year.
Pupils aged 7 to 11 years study 45 hours of RE per year.
What religions are taught?
In EYFS: the children encounter Christianity and other faiths, as part of their growing sense of self, their own community and their place within it.
In Key Stage 1: the children learn about Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
In Key Stage 2: the children learn about Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism.
The children revisit their learning of RE with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model.
Please note: Consideration of other religions and nonreligious worldviews can occur at any key stage, as appropriate to the school context.