We follow the York Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2021.
The Understanding Christianity scheme is used to support the teaching of units of work based on Christianity in the Agreed Syllabus.
The RE that we teach through this syllabus allows children to explore a range of questions and a diversity of answers related to aspects of life and RE. Children learn about how people’s beliefs and values influence the way they choose to live their lives. We support children to reflect on all these ideas and values, including their own.
The aims of RE at St Barnabas
The curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:
1. Know about and understand a range of religious and non-religious worldviews, so that they can:
• describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals
• identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered, by some of the sources of wisdom2 found in religious and non-religious worldviews
• appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
2. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religious and non-religious worldviews, so that they can:
• explain, using reasoned arguments, their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities
• express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues
• appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion.
3. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religious and non-religious worldviews, so that they can:
• investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively
• enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all
• articulate clearly beliefs, values and commitments in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.
(City of York Agreed Syllabus 2021)
In Reception children learn about Christianity and Muslims as part of their growing sense of self, their own community and their place within it.
In Key Stage 1 children learn about Christians, Muslims and Jews
In Key Stage 2, children extend their learning about Christians, Muslims and Jews and also learn about Hindus.
In addition to learning about the religious groups above in depth, children also learn about non-religious world views.
RE is usually taught in weekly lessons. We follow the minimum recommendation to teach RE over a year for at least 36 hours at Reception and Key Stage 1 and for 45 hours at Key Stage 2.
The document below shows the coverage of RE across the school