At St. Augustine's CE Primary School, we believe at that Religious Education (R.E.) both supports and strengthens what we aim to do in every aspect of school life. Our caring ethos and the values which we place on the development of the whole child - spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually - is reflected in the RE curriculum and we aim to ensure RE enables all children to live life in all its fullness. As a Church of England school, we aim to develop a strong understanding of Christianity as a living faith through the exploration of core theological concepts which critically engages with Christian text.
We want to enable all children to become religiously literate and to offer a systematic enquiry- based approach to the teaching of RE so that the following skills in children can be developed:
RE provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. RE should encourage all pupils to reflect on their own beliefs and values and to acknowledge that others hold beliefs different to their own. As well as teaching about Christianity, our curriculum explores other world faiths, such as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism.
We aim to ensure that the teaching of RE supports and enhances the Christian vision of the school and have close ties with St Augustine’s church, as well as with the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS).
At St Augustine’s, RE is taught weekly as a Core subject through engaging and well-planned lessons which build on children’s prior knowledge. We use the LDBS scheme of work to plan and resource our lessons, which meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. Following this scheme of work ensures that every pupil receives what is mapped out in the Statement of Entitlement and that children acquire the necessary knowledge. The scheme of work also promotes a theological literacy through the depth of study.
We offer units of learning that: