Religious Education is at the heart of our school ethos. We are a Church of England School and achieved a ‘Good with outstanding elements’ SIAMS inspection.
As a Voluntary Aided Church of England School, Religious Education is taught according to the Wiltshire Agreed Syllabus, which is agreed between the Local Authority, teacher representatives and the Salisbury Diocese. This gives children the opportunity of exploring, in a secure environment, the religious dimension of life.
Most attention within our Religious Education is given to Christianity but the curriculum also includes opportunities for the children to gain insight into Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam and to develop respect for those who belong to them.
Religion and beliefs for many people forms a crucial part of their culture and identity. The UK is increasingly multi-cultural and as such society is affected by many religious beliefs and practices – it is only right that we equip our young children with the education of these religions in order to foster a love and understanding of everyone in the whole world and as such, ensuring they become ‘wordly’ and successful Global Explorers.
To support the teaching of Christianity we use the resource ‘Understanding Christianity’. This resource supports the children in developing their own thinking and understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it, as well as supporting teachers in developing their own knowledge and understanding of Christian theology in order to be able to teach with confidence.
It is our aim to see our children leave St Nicholas with a coherent understanding of Christian belief and practice in order for the children to leave us as successful Global Explorers.
The teaching of other religions is supported by the resource ‘Discovery RE’.
Our RE curriculum map sets out the key questions that children will investigate over the course of their time at St Nicholas. There are two main focus areas within RE learning: learning about a religion and learning from a religion. There are planned visits to a range of holy buildings over the course of Key Stage 1 and 2, on top of annual visits to our local church of St Nicholas. Children also have the opportunity to take part in a number of workshops, linked to their key questions, which are put on by The Bridge Youth Project, which is a registered Christian schools work charity based in the Salisbury and South Wiltshire area.
It is expected that all children take part in Religious Education lessons in order to become the successful Global Explorers that we wish to develop within our school.
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