RE Statement of Intent

‘You are the light of the world’

At St Anne’s CE Primary School, we aim to meet the needs of all pupils in creating a curriculum that encourages children to become learners who celebrate diversity in RE. Our core values, particularly Respect, Commitment and Wisdom will be used to encourage children to understand and talk about different religions and beliefs. The curriculum is designed to progressively develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of our ever-changing diverse world. We aim to nurture the children’s natural curiosity and love of learning so that they able to talk without fear of their own beliefs and how these show them to be Lights of the World through their own Community Links.

By the end of Key Stage 2, and in preparation for Key Stages 3 and 4, our curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can: · describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals · identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews · appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning
  • Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can: · explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities · express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues · appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion
  • Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they can: · find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively · enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all · articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.

The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own. This will enable them to shine in the world and their own community.