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Religious Education curriculum at West Hoathly

At West Hoathly CE Primary School, pupils and their families can expect a high quality religious education curriculum that is rich and varied, enabling learners to acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of a range of faiths and world views.  As a church school, the teaching of Christianity is at the heart of our RE curriculum.  Through the West Sussex Agreed Syllabus and the Understanding Christianity scheme, an enquiry approach engages with significant theological concepts and the pupil's own understanding of the world as part of their wider religious literacy. Links with our Christian school values of love, hope and forgiveness and vision 'Be Strong, Be Courageous, Do everything in Love' (1 Corinthians 16 v13b - 14), and our support for our children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are intrinsic to our RE curriculum and have a significant impact on our learners.  We provide a wide range of opportunities for learners to understand and to make links between the beliefs, practices and value system of the range of faiths and world views studied. 

Religious Education Intent statement

Religious Education holds a distinctive and central position within the curriculum at West Hoathly, embodying its unique significance. The primary objective of Religious Education at our school is to facilitate the acquisition and cultivation of a profound, comprehensive, and harmonious comprehension of Christianity and the principal religions prevalent in Great Britain. We endeavour to develop an understanding of how religious convictions mould individual lives and behaviour. Our curriculum empowers students to cultivate the capacity for making judicious and well-informed assessments of religious and moral dilemmas while enriching their spiritual, moral, social, and cultural growth.

Religious Education, as a discipline, actively supports values integral to our society, including truth, justice, respect for all, and environmental stewardship. Our emphasis is notably directed towards:

  • Fostering a sense of self-worth and esteem among our pupils, promoting respect for others.
  • Recognizing the vital role of family and community in the context of religious beliefs and activities.
  • Encouraging an appreciation for the diversity that enriches our society, with an emphasis on understanding both the commonalities and distinctions among individuals.
  • Championing the sustainable development of our planet and nurturing a sense of responsibility for the preservation of our environment.

In embracing these principles, our Religious Education program serves as a vital platform for nurturing holistic development and fostering values that underpin the fabric of our society.

RE curriculum long term plan
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