Children have lots of questions about the world around them and at Drayton Community Infant School we aim to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils through RE as part of the basic curriculum.
We recognise the need to prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. The purpose of RE is to develop religious literacy. The essential outcomes for RE are therefore related to the knowledge and understanding of religion and worldviews. Being religiously literate means that pupils will have the ability to hold balanced and well-informed conversations about religions and worldviews. Pupils will be able to make sense of religion and worldviews around them and begin to understand the complex world in which they live. RE is primarily about enabling children to become free thinking, critical participants of public discourse, who can make academically informed judgements about important matters of religion and belief which shape the global landscape.
In RE we are following the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus 2019 and adapting it to meet the needs of the children at Drayton. RE is rooted in three key disciplines or disciplinary fields. These are theology, philosophy and human/social sciences.
At Drayton Infants we aim to develop children’s skills of enquiry, reasoned argument and reflection. Our ethos is to encourage children to enquire and ask questions, in order to impact on their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Children are taught about a range of religions and learn to respect and ask questions about different religions, traditions and cultures around the world. We aim to make RE relevant by studying and celebrating real events whether this be by special assemblies, lesson time or joining in with community events.
Children are taught to think about their own school and personal values and to understand how people of different backgrounds or beliefs may share similar values whilst differing in other values. Questions are constantly being asked of children whilst allowing them to ask their own in order to develop their critical thinking, self-belief and self-confidence. Children exhibit their religious education in many ways from dance, creativity, writing and role-play in order to fully immerse children in the understanding of a topic.