At Kew Woods, our Religious Education curriculum is designed to explore a range of faiths to gain a deep understanding of religion and how it shapes people’s lives. Through exploring religious stories and rituals, we develop our children’s insight into how others see the world and the religious values which may underpin their daily lives. By exploring similarities and differences, we also highlight connections and commonalities which unite us as well as differences which enrich our community. Through our teaching of RE, we strive to encourage our children to become open-minded, curious and respectful citizens who understand and value the beliefs of others.
Children at Kew Woods have weekly RE lessons, through which their understanding of religious beliefs and practices builds over time. Following Sefton’s SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) scheme of work 2021, lessons allow pupils to develop coherent understanding of religious and non-religious beliefs. We teach our children about Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Humanist views. The beliefs of other religions will be addressed as and when occasions arise; our children are encouraged to share their knowledge about their own religions and how they practice them in a safe, respectful environment. Significant objects are also studied to bring lessons to life and familiarise the children with things that have particular importance in different faiths. The children develop an enjoyment of learning through practical activities, discussion, exploration and discovery. Aspects of RE are also taught through PSHE, Collective Worship, assemblies and festival celebrations.
At Kew Woods, we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve; our high quality teaching of RE contributes to all areas, thus promoting a caring school community cohesion. We provide children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.
Through their Religious Education learning, the children will make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. At Kew Woods Primary School, we are reflective, considerate and thoughtful.