At Earlswood we follow the Surrey Agreed Syllabus for RE which is taught through R.E. days. Across the Federation, these have been mapped out to link with topics and religious festivals. Teachers are encouraged to take a comparative approach when teaching R.E. and offer opportunities to explore and build on the knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and beliefs.
We recognise the variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds from which our pupils come. We are sensitive to the home background of each child and we welcome the diversity of their beliefs.
To make the impact of RE meaningful, trips to local places of worship or visits from key religious figures have been suggested. In current times, teachers would divert to virtual tours and experiences. We aim to ensure a variety of teaching and learning strategies in R.E., including the use of art, cooking, drama, thinking skills, speaking and listening activities, visits and other active learning strategies.
We value the importance of pupil voice and encourage children to share their knowledge and understanding to develop wider questions about religions and beliefs. We recognise the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and the links with the RE curriculum that these can have.