As a Church of England School, the Christian faith is at the heart of everything that we do at Egerton. In all learning and life experiences, we aim to fulfil our school vision. We promote an environment where all children feel known, accepted and valued as individuals, within a caring community, where our Christian faith affects not only what we teach, but also how we teach. We believe that it is fundamental for the children to belong to a safe and nurturing community, founded on strong Christian values where children will develop an array of skills that will enable them to make their own positive contribution to our global society.
In RE, our aims for all children are:
Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.
The statement of entitlements lays out the entitlement of all children to receive a high-quality Religious Education which supports them in all aspects of their learning.
“Religious education in a Church school should enable every child to flourish and to live life in all its fullness. It will help educate for dignity and respect encouraging all to live well together”
(Statement of Entitlement)
The statement lays out the details of coverage of the RE curriculum in church schools. We ensure that we fully meet the requirement of the statement of entitlement for Church schools.
Our RE teaching is informed by two different teaching schemes: Understanding Christianity and The Kent Agreed Syllabus which incorporates materials produced by RE Today. By using these schemes alongside each other, we are ensuring that children are given the opportunity to become religiously literate. Understanding Christianity is based on seven core Christian concepts. Children will explore the different concepts using a range of inspiring activities as they move through the school, starting in Early Years Foundation Stage and developing a greater depth of understanding and knowledge by the time they reach Year 6.
RE lessons all start with a key / big question which is explored through a range of activities including: texts, drama, art, discussion, use of artefacts, pictures, visits, visitors, periods of stillness and reflection. Children will also be given, ‘I wonder…’ questions to challenge their thinking further. Understanding Christianity believes that not only should children show an understanding of religious text and teachings but they should also demonstrate a deepened more thoughtful approach to their learning and how beliefs can influence day to day life.
Children in all year groups record their work in a class floor book and at least one piece of independent work a term in their own writing book.
We use the Kent Agreed Syllabus to plan and teach other world faiths, using similar teaching styles and methods to those used with Understanding Christianity. It is through using these two schemes together that we provide children with a holistic and balanced RE curriculum. During the course of a year, most year groups will teach 4 terms of Christianity and 2 terms of other world faiths.
By the time that our children leave school in Year 6, they will be able to: