Religious Education

Religious Education makes a major contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of children by helping them to acquire the knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other major religions represented in Britain. It also helps them to develop their own beliefs and values.

Religious Education is essential in creating a broad and balanced curriculum and because of it’s specific content it is most often taught discretely rather than being linked within the connector for that term.

Using a variety of teaching techniques such as drama, art, discussion, use of artefacts, stories, pictures, periods of stillness and reflection, pupils have opportunities to learn both about religions. Children respond to key questions, ideas and beliefs through discussions, drawings, post-it notes or thought bubbles.

For Key Stage 1, Christianity and Judaism are the main religions taught. However, other faiths, particularly those from children and families within the school are also celebrated and welcomed at Herne Bay Infant School and Seashells Nursery. Religious festivals around the world are recognised and taught in EYFS, as well as linked within History and Geography curriculums.

We follow the Kent Agreed Syllabus for the teaching of RE, please see below for more information.

The Kent Agreed Syllabus for RE is based on units of work that start with a key question to be answered each lesson.

In Yr. R, the children are asked about stories, people, places and times that are special to them as well as what is special about themselves and our world.

In Year 1, the children focus on the beliefs of Jews and Christians looking at how they celebrate special times during the year. The children learn about their sacred books, places and symbols.

In Year 2, the children study Islam to learn about Muslim beliefs. They look at the sacred buildings of different religions and what it means to belong to a faith community. They then think about how we can care for others and the world we live in.