Soho Parish Curriculum Statement – Religious Education
Here, at Soho Parish, the aim of Religious Education is to enable all children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs and practices. Pupils will be encouraged to investigate, explore and reflect on some of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences and apply this to the rich heritage of culture and diversity of the UK. Pupils will extend their thinking and analytical skills and their creative, imaginative and emotional development. They will appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues. At Soho Parish, Religious Education plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our children. Religious Education is taught throughout the school in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and philosophy of the school to enable all pupils to flourish.
At Soho Parish, it has been agreed that RE teaching, from Reception to Year 6, follows the revised London Diocese Board for Schools (LDBS) scheme (2017). In accordance with the Statement of Entitlement Document written by the Church of England (2016), we ensure children will study a two-third Christianity and one-third World Faiths curriculum in KS1 and KS2. The World Faiths include; Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and Local Faiths in our Community.
There are no presumptions made as to the religious backgrounds and beliefs and values of the children and the staff. We value the religious background of all members of the school community and hope that this will encourage individuals to share their own experiences with others freely. All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links, which are, and can be made between home, school, and a faith community. We acknowledge that each religion studied can contribute to the education of all our pupils. We promote teaching in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible for both staff and children.
The children at Soho Parish Primary enjoy learning lots about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion. Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. R.E. acts as a hub, therefore, between social aspects of learning, science and geography. Through R.E. our children are developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community. R.E. offers our children the means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way. As such, R.E. is invaluable in our ever changing world.