Religious Education Intent Statement
Here at St Anne’s Primary School, it is our ‘intent’ to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions, explore diverse religions, and to confidently share their own. Through promoting respect and open-mindedness towards others of different faiths and beliefs, pupils are able to develop an understanding and appreciation for the diverse beliefs and cultural practices in our ever-changing and shrinking world. They will be equipped with systematic knowledge and an understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to make a diverse connection to the world. We want them to know how religious education promotes discernment and enables them to combat prejudice, preparing them for adult life, employment and life-long learning.
In regard to ‘implementation’, our whole-school approach – which is underpinned by our value-based learning – curious minds, caring hearts and aiming for brilliance, ensures learning is enjoyable, accessible to all and where cultural difference is celebrated. In addition to this, our teachers create an environment where British Values are interwoven and ‘actively promoted’, as we believe this is fundamental in helping children to have mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Our comprehensive RE curriculum focuses on three key questions: believing, expressing and living, and encompasses detailed medium-term planning, covering Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, with reference to Humanism. Each unit of work has its own assessment system, descriptors and exemplifications, so pupils can reach and exceed their potential. Our R.E. curriculum is enhanced further through trips to our local places of worship along with inviting people from minority ethnic community organisations.