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In primary school, children are introduced to many different faiths and cultures. Religious Education (RE) aims to help develop pupils’ knowledge of the world's principal religious traditions and worldviews. It promotes tolerance and understanding which is an integral part of society. By educating our children to gain an unbiased understanding of RE, we are helping them to discover, explore and consider different insights, and to value these in an open-minded way.

At Monks Orchard, we aim to teach our children the importance of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree in a comfortable yet respectful way. We want to teach them to have pride in themselves and in their identities. Our syllabus promotes pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and aims to prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of the present and the future.

Learning about RE can help our children to believe in themselves, express themselves and most importantly, to have faith in themselves.

Croydon Agreed Syllabus

Teachers of Nursery and Reception plan and teach RE through the Early Years Framework in the area ‘Understanding the World’ which involves guiding children to achieve the Early Learning Goals in ‘Peoples and Communities’ by the end of the Foundation Stage. The children will learn about different festivals and celebrations through fun and practical activities.

Pupils in KS1 and KS2 are taught RE in areas of study:

  • Authority and Worship
  • Sacred and Inspirational writings
  • Lifestyle and Celebrations
  • Challenge units

The focused religions for each Key stage in the Croydon Agreed Syllabus is:

  • KS1 Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism;
  • KS2 Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism;

The principal aim of the syllabus will be met through the Programmes of Study which incorporate two components:

  • Attainment target 1: Learning about Religion;
  • Attainment target 2: Learning from Religion and Human Experience.

How it is taught

At Monks Orchard we follow the Croydon agreed syllabus. The majority of skills acquired and developed in RE will reinforce and emphasize the skills developed in other areas of the curriculum.

Although some skills are particularly essential to the development of ‘learning about’ and ‘learning from religion and human experiences’ there are also important links to be made with the ‘key skills’ of literacy, number, ICT, cooperation and thinking what is taught in each year group.

Children will learn …

Year

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

1

Hinduism

Christianity

 

Hinduism

Christianity

 

Islam

Challenging Attitudes (unit 2)

 

“Why should we be friends?”

 

2

Judaism

 

Christianity

 

Judaism

Christianity

 

Challenging Attitudes (unit 3)

 

“What is Special?”

 

Judaism

3

Sikhism

Christianity

Sikhism

Christianity

Judaism

Judaism

4

Islam

 

 

Christianity

Islam

Christianity

Islam

Islam

5

Buddhism

 

 

Christianity

Buddhism

 

Christianity

Challenging Attitudes

 

“Why should we care?”

 

Buddhism

 

6

Christianity

 

  

Challenging Attitudes

“Why do you judge me?”

  

Challenging Attitudes

 

“Is it soft to say sorry?” 

Christianity

Challenging Attitudes

 

“Why is each person special?” 

Christianity

Visits

The RE curriculum requires the children to visit different places of worships during Key Stage 1 and 2. This may include visits to the following:

Year

Visit

N

 

R

 

1

Visit a local church

2

Visit a local Synagogue

3

Visit a local Gurdwara

4

Visit a local Mosque

5

Visit a Buddhist temple

6

 

Special Projects

The children in Key stage 2 annually attend a Christmas carol service at the local church St Georges and all children participate in an Easter service at school visited by the vicar from St. Georges.

    Monks Orchard Primary School

    The Glade, Shirley, Croydon, CR0 7UF
    020 8654 2570