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Religious Education

Intent

At Barry Primary School, we teach RE weekly, throughout the school from Nursery to Year 6.  We live in a world where religion can be a joy or an obstacle and it is more and more important that our children develop a knowledge of beliefs, their own faith, or none, and faiths other than their own so that they can understand the complexities of living in a multi-religious world.  Through teaching RE, children have opportunity to reflect on their own convictions, begin to develop a worldview and consider the part they play in the life of the school and more widely.

Implementation

At Barry Primary we teach RE using the ‘Northamptonshire agreed syllabus (SACRE) which scaffolds children to explore religions, engage with their knowledge and reflect on their learning and life. We teach Christianity for over half of the RE curriculum. Children also learn about different faiths from around the world, including Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Included are many religious stories from these six faiths and all have an opportunity to learn from each other as they discover these. Children’s visits to places of worship are key to understanding communities and visitors share the experience of faith with us. The teaching of RE often crosses over into other subjects such as art and music and we seek to enrich children’s learning in creative ways.

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