Religious education should enable every child to flourish and to live life in all its fullness (John 10:10). It will help educate for dignity and respect, encouraging all to live well together.
Such an approach is offered through a commitment to generous hospitality, being true to our underpinning faith, but with a deep respect for the integrity of other religious traditions (and worldviews) and for the religious freedom of each person.
(Religious Education Statement of Entitlement February 2019)
The religious education (RE) at Arundel CE Primary School is informed by our school vision and values and our Anglican foundation.
As a church school, we recognise the core place that RE occupies in relation to our Christian distinctiveness and regard it as one of our core subjects. The teaching of Christianity sits at the heart of our RE curriculum, but we recognise the variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds that make up our school community and respect this variety of backgrounds in the spirit of Christian welcome. Pupils and their families can expect a RE curriculum that meets legal requirements, is rich and varied and provides pupils with a thorough knowledge and understanding of a range of faiths and worldviews. We actively promote British values, including the respect for and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We challenge racism and all forms of prejudice. RE is one curriculum area in which our pupils encounter and critically reflect on a range of religions and worldviews.
As a Voluntary Aided (VA) school we follow the West Sussex Agreed Syllabus, using high quality resources and an enquiry approach to engage pupils with Christianity and other religions and worldviews, focusing on significant theological concepts which develop and deepen pupils’ own understanding of the world as part of their wider religious literacy.
Links with our Christian values and our school vision support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development and we provide a wide range of opportunities for learners to understand and to make links between the beliefs, practices and value systems of the range of faiths and worldviews studied.
By subject lead - Mrs H Simpson
Religious education supports the development of general educational attributes such as literacy, empathy and the ability to express thoughts, feelings and personal beliefs. RE also makes a major contribution to pupils’ SMSC development. It addresses issues which arise in a range of subjects, such as English, art, drama and history, geography, computing, music as well as personal, social and emotional education and citizenship. Where authentic opportunities exist, we make connections to learning in other subject areas in line with our school policy on teaching and learning.
RE and Inclusion
We teach RE to all pupils, whatever their individual needs. RE forms part of our commitment to provide a broad, balanced and inspirational education for all pupils. Through our RE teaching we provide learning opportunities that enable all pupils to make progress and work hard to meet the needs of all our pupils.
- Through Religious Education our children think analytically, take responsibility and see beyond their own horizon.
- Through Religious Education our children know more, remember more and do more.
- Through Religious Education our children have the opportunity to grow spiritually, to be resilient and challenge themselves and each other in order to succeed together.
- Through Religious Education our children are encouraged to be courageous advocates who challenge inequalities in society and are able to articulate spiritual and ethical issues.