In accordance with the Education Reform Act (1988) Every maintained school in England must provide a basic curriculum (RE, sex education and the National Curriculum). This includes provision for RE for all registered pupils at the school (including students in post-sixteen provision within schools), except for those withdrawn by their parents (or withdrawing themselves if they are aged 18 or over) in accordance with Schedule 19 to the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. (Religious Education in English Schools: Non-statutory guidance 2010) In this Agreed Syllabus, the term ‘pupils’ refers to children up to the end of KS4, and ‘students’ to those in sixth form. As in the 1944 Education Act (30 RE), teachers’ rights are safeguarded, should they wish to withdraw from the teaching of RE.
Since 1944, all maintained schools must deliver their RE curriculum in line with the locally Agreed Syllabus. A school in a Federation would normally continue to deliver RE based on their previous designation.
The locally Agreed Syllabus must be consistent with Section 375 (3) of the Education Act 1996 which requires the syllabus to reflect that the religious traditions of Great Britain are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principle religious represented in Great Britain.
Surrey Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2017-2022
We understand that the role of Religious Education gives children an opportunity to reflect on and learn from faiths and beliefs of those around them. We aim to provide opportunities for children in our school to study the beliefs and practices people base their lives on, so that we can encourage respect for those around us. We believe that the teaching of R.E. should develop positive attitudes towards others and enhance pupils’ own spiritual and moral development in an environment where children can grow without prejudice. It should incorporate community cohesion and global interaction, preparing children to enter an ever-changing world.
In accordance to the ‘Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Surrey Schools,’ our aims as a school are to enable pupils to;
- demonstrate an appreciation of the nature of religion and belief and the important contribution of religious and spiritual insights and values to the individual’s search for meaning in life, whilst acknowledging that this may also come from a non-religious perspective
- develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity, and of the other principal religions and beliefs represented in Great Britain, both through their history and their contemporary diverse expressions
- develop interest in and enthusiasm for the study of religion & beliefs and enhance their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
- develop the ability to make reasoned, informed and creative responses to religious and moral issues
- recognise the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on the individual, on culture and on communities throughout the world
Lightwater Village School plan, teach and assess using ‘The Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education in Surrey Schools.’ The syllabus is reviewed every five years. We are currently planning from the 2017-2022 revised version.
We understand that religious education contributes dynamically to pupil’s education by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
In the EYFS Stage, children will have the opportunity to find out and learn about the world they live in. Reference to attainment and assessment should relate to the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ assessment.â¯
During Key Stage 1, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith, Judaism and Islam and incorporating, where appropriate, consideration of non-religious worldviews. By the end of the year most pupils in KS1 should be able to;
- Identify similarities in features of religion and beliefs
- Retell religious, spiritual and moral stories
- Identify possible meanings for stories, symbols and other forms of religious expression
- Respond sensitivity and imaginatively to questions about their own and others’ ideas, experiences and feelings.â¯
- Ask questions about their own and others’ ideas, feelings and experiences
- Give a reason why something may be valued by themselves and others
Recognise that some questions about life are difficult to answer
"Its learning about Jesus and Diwali" - Year R Child
"RE is when we learn abuopt the bible and other celebrations RE is celebrating baby Jesus being born We learn about God" - Year 1 Child
"I love learning about baby Jesus and Christmas, I liked the bible stories" - Year 2 Child
RE Lead - Mrs N Gaines
Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - What do eggs have to do with EasterYear 1 Knowledge Organiser - What is the Torah and why is it important to Jewish people?Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Why is the church important to Christians?Year 1 Knowledge Organiser - Why should we look after our World?Year1 Knowledge Organiser - What do Christians believe God is likeYear 1 Knowledge Organiser - Who is JesusYear 1 Knowledge Organiser - Why do Jewish families celebrate ShabbatYear 1 Knowledge Organiser - Why is the Bible an important book for ChristiansYear 1-Knowledge Organiser - Why is Christmas important to Christians
Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - What are symbols and why do people use them?Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - What are your big questions?Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Is the World a fair place?Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Is prayer important to everyone?Year 2 Knowledge Organiser - Why is Easter important to ChristiansYear 2 Knowledge Organiser - What does the Christmas story tell Christians about JesusYear2 Knowledge - Organiser What it is important for Muslim familiesYear 2 Knowledge - Organiser Who is Allah and how do muslims worship himYear 2 Knowledge - Organiser Why did Jesus tell parablesYear 2 Knowledge - Organiser Why do Christians call Jesus Saviour