Religious Education at St Andrew’s CofE Primary and Nursery School
At St Andrew’s CofE Primary and Nursery School, we teach RE by following the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus and this is supported by further teaching from Understanding Christianity. The teaching of RE at St Andrew’s makes links to other areas of the curriculum, particularly PSHE as we promote spiritual, cultural, social and moral development. We want our children to consider British Values such as tolerance and respect for others who hold different world views and ultimately we want to equip our children with skills to help them ‘push out into the deep’. Our Religious Education is taught progressively throughout school to ensure that knowledge and skills are built on and developed.
Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus 2021-2026 - ‘RE for All’
The Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus confirms what must be taught in RE within Nottinghamshire schools. The aim of the Agreed Syllabus is that pupils in Nottinghamshire will know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews. They will express ideas and insights of their own into the significant human questions which religions address, gaining and deploying the skills needed to study religion.
Using this Agreed Syllabus for RE enables our children to discover more about religion as well as other world views as we help them to apply their learning to a range of topics. Our children are encouraged to express ideas and insights into key questions which face all human beings as we travel through life. We receive visitors into school who share a range of religious viewpoints with our children and weundertake their own visits to different places of worship.
At St Andrew’s we use an additional resource, Understanding Christianity, to support our teaching of the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus. The key purpose of Understanding Christianity is to help our teachers support pupils in developing their own thinking and their own understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it. As a church school, we aim to see pupils leave school with a coherent understanding of Christian belief and practice.
What our children say about RE:
"Everything is safe in R.E and you can always share your worries with the teacher."
"It’s fun, enjoyable and amazing. I really enjoy doing RE."
"It is very good to learn about different religions and beliefs."
"We get to learn about other people."
"It is always good fun and there are many challenges. We have always a lot to learn."