Subject Lead: Mrs Dunk
At Kimpton, we base our RE curriculum on the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus.
During KS1, our pupils explore different religions through eight areas: beliefs and practices; sources of wisdom; symbols and actions; prayer, worship and reflection; identity and belonging and thinking about ultimate questions. Religious Education is concerned about learning about religions and learning from religion and it is not the practice of this school to preach to or convert the children. The faith background of both the staff and the child's family is respected at all times.
During KS2, pupils should develop religious vocabulary to communicate knowledge and understanding of some theological concepts throughout the eight areas of RE. Within Years 3 and 4 the children will learn about Christianity, alongside Hinduism and Sikhism and throughout Years 5 and 6, the children will learn about Christianity, alongside Buddhism and Islam.
KS1: Children will recall and name different beliefs and practices including festivals, worship, rituals and ways of life in order to find out about the meanings behind them.
KS2: Children will describe, make connections and reflect upon different features of the religions and worldviews studied, discovering more about the significance of pilgrimage, worship, and the rituals which mark important points in life including the joy of celebrations.
KS1: Children will retell and suggest meanings to some sources of wisdom and stories of faith and belief, exploring and discussing sacred writings and sources of wisdom and recognising the traditions from which they come.
KS2: Children will investigate, interpret and respond to a range of stories, sacred writings and sources of wisdom and authority, reflecting on the impact of beliefs and
teachings as ways of seeing the world in different communities.
KS1: Children will recognise how and why symbols and actions express religious meaning, appreciating some similarities between communities.
KS2: Children will explore and describe a range of beliefs, practices and symbols in order to understand different ways of expressing meaning.
KS1: Children will respond and reflect on what individuals and communities do and why, so that they can begin to understand what prayer, worship and reflection means to a religious community.
KS2: Children will observe and understand varied examples of how people of faith communicate their beliefs through sacred spaces, worship, prayer, reflection, meditation and stillness.
KS1: Children will talk about how groups express their identity and belonging. They will listen to and talk with people, including leaders who belong to a faith community, about how their commitment affects their lives.
KS2: Children will understand the challenges of individual commitment to a community of faith or belief. They will examine the role of religious leadership and why belonging to religious communities may be valuable in their own lives
KS1: Children will explore questions about belonging, meaning and truth so that they can express their own ideas and opinions using creative media.
KS2: Children will discuss and present thoughtfully, through creative media, their own and others’ views and challenging questions about belonging, meaning,purpose and truth.
KS1: Children will respond to stories and real life examples of how and why people show care and concerns for humanity and the world.
KS2: Children will consider and apply ideas about ways in which diverse communities can live together for the well being of all. They will respond thoughtfully to ideas about values, respect and human responsibility.
KS1: Children will reflect on ideas about what is right and wrong and consider how spiritual and moral values influence the behaviour and choices of themselves and others.
KS2: Children will discuss and apply their own and others ideas about ethical questions, reflecting on ideas about what is right and wrong and what is just and fair.
We believe in making learning fun and memorable, which is why we strive to give pupils first hand experiences. Visitors are invited to school to enrich the children’s experiences and allow them to develop a deeper understanding about other religions. Through year one and two the children will learn about Christianity, alongside Islam and Judaism. We also plan visits to different religious buildings to further build on children’s experiences and understanding of the world.
We believe that collective worship both supports and strengthens what we aim to do in every aspect of school life. Our caring ethos, and the value that we place on the development of the whole child; spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually is reflected in our worship. We value this special time in the school day for the space it gives children to develop a reflective approach to life and the ability to express their reflections in traditionally religious ways or any other appropriate manner. In this school we combine our acts of worship with assembly.
Parents are entitled to withdraw their children from religious education, and/or collective worship and any parents wishing to do so should consult the Head.