The teaching of RE is crucial in allowing children to mould their own identity and to value their culture and the cultures of others. It is a key component in guiding morality and enabling young people to grow into active and responsible members of the community. Our aim at Dartford Primary Academy, in teaching the academic discipline of RE in line with the philosophy of the IB, Primary Years Programme and KENT SACRE Agreed Syllabus (2017-2022), is that children will develop a wide range of transferable skills and knowledge that will benefit them across the curriculum; as they progress in their educational careers; and as they enter the world of work. They will have a knowledge and respect for the people they meet, regardless of background, and will be impactful, global citizens.
The RE curriculum uses the inquiry based key question approach as planned in the KENT SACRE Agreed Syllabus (2017-2022) and where possible, is taught within the six key transdisciplinary themes of the Primary Years Programme. EYFS and Key Stage One provides pupils with 36 hours of teaching time through direct sessions, continuous provision and festival experience days. Key Stage Two covers 45 hours of teaching time through hourly sessions, longer immersion sessions and festival experience days. The teaching of skills is progressive and promotes inquiry based, open-ended learning that encourages questioning, making comparisons, explaining, expressing, discussing, exploring religious stories and vocabulary, developing insight, knowledge, empathy and respect.
In line with the 2011 census for religious demography for Dartford, pupils predominantly study Christians but also study Muslims, Hindus and Humanists. The festivals of Harvest, Christmas, Easter, Diwali and Eid are marked in school and in addition, pupils experience aspects of some Sikh, Jewish and Buddhist festivals.
- EYFS: Christians and culturally relevant festivals from other faiths
- Y1: Christians/Muslims
- Y2: Christians/Muslims
- Y3: Christians/Muslims and Hindus
- Y4: Christians/Muslims and Hindus
- Y5: Christians/Muslims/Hindus and Jews
- Y6: Christians/Muslims/Hindus and Jews
- Years 5 and 6 also look at some aspects of the beliefs of Humanists
The progressive teaching of RE skills will enable children to know and understand about a range of religions and worldviews, express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and world views and gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with them. Religious Education fulfils a vital role within the curriculum and is relevant to all pupils, regardless of their religious (or non- religious) background. It introduces them to a world beyond their own experience of culture and belief, enabling them to make links between their own lives and that of those in their community and in the wider world, developing an understanding of other people’s cultures, reasons for being and ways of life. As such, R.E. is invaluable in a rapidly changing world.