The teaching of RE plays a very important part in the personal development of the pupils of Pelham. We believe that RE enables our pupils to develop a positive sense of self and others through a coherent, knowledge-rich understanding of religion and belief. Through the teaching of RE they will gain an understanding of what people believe and the difference that this makes to the way that they live. They are given opportunities to express their own ideas in response to material that they engage with and are encouraged to be curious and ask increasingly challenging questions. Through these meaningful discussions and reflections, children will develop respect for those of different faiths and beliefs as well as develop a moral and cultural awareness of what it means to be human in todays diverse world. This supports children to leave Pelham prepared for life in modern Britain able to show tolerance and respect for others.
We make cross-curricular links with other subjects where those links are beneficial for pupil's learning and progress in RE. We recognise that RE can make a positive contribution to much of pupil's life in school. It can be linked especially to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, Citizenship( including social cohesion) and Personal, Health , Social and Economic education and we strive to make good links where we can.
Pelham Primary has no affiliation to a specific religion or religious denomination. Religious Education is concerned primarily with the development of the whole person and his/her response to life as an individual in relation to others and the natural world. The School believes this is best learned by example in the context of a caring atmosphere.
The traditions of this country make it appropriate that much of the teaching material be drawn from Christian sources but, in today’s world, the syllabus for religious education must rightly include a broader range of study. Our intent for our pupils are therefore:
- To learn to respect themselves and others as people with their own opinions, rights and place in society;
- To form happy and stable relationships with adults and peers in order to experience trust, dependence, support and joy, which lie at the heart of religion;
- To develop a moral sense within themselves;
- To develop responsibilities towards the wider community.
Our aim is to create a community within the school where children know they are valued and where they can feel confident and secure to be able to grow and develop together.
Acts of Worship/Instruction
There is a daily collective Act of Worship and the religious education provided is based upon national school guidelines and Bexley Agreed Syllabus.
School assemblies are varied and will often include whole class presentations on religious/moral themes as well as being taken by visiting local clergy from nearby churches and other religious communities. The Social and Emotional curriculum (SEAL) is delivered through topic themes applicable to the term.
Right to Withdraw
You have the right to withdraw your children from either of the aforementioned activities. Should you exercise this right your children will engage in activities of a quiet reflective nature whilst the remainder of the school/class meets for their Act of Worship/Instruction.
We are currently using the NAHT RE Scheme, which has been written in line with national expectations. This promotes and extends our children’s learning through the answering of BIG enquiry questions
There are four stages that the children go through: -
- Engagement – the children’s own human experiences are explored in relation to the enquiry question.
- Investigation – specific subject knowledge is taught relating to the BIG question.
- Evaluation – the children’s learning is drawn together and how this has helped them to answer the key enquiry question.
- Expression – the children reflect on how answering the question has influenced their own beliefs.