At King’s Oak Primary School we are a diverse and inclusive community and our RE curriculum reflects this. We believe that RE helps develop pupils’ well being as well as accept and understand others. The teaching of RE helps promote a mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. At King’s Oak, we want to ensure that our children leave primary school having visited each place of worship of each major religion.
At our school, we use the Kingston Agreed Syllabus to teach RE allowing each year group to learn about a different religion across the academic year. The syllabus helps children to develop their own understanding of the world and how to live, in the light of their learning, whether that is religious or nonreligious beliefs. It makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well as providing important opportunities for exploring British values. Our aim is to understand the beliefs of others and to develop empathy.