Cabot Primary – RE Curriculum
We are committed to creating a positive, safe and nurturing environment, where all members of the school and wider community will be respected and valued.
At Cabot Primary School, good relationships are fundamental to our ethos and our success in being a happy, caring, inclusive and safe school. The importance of Religious Education (RE) is valued and carefully considered at Cabot Primary School. We want to ensure our pupils have an awareness and understanding of the beliefs and cultures within and beyond their community and equip them with essential skills that will support their enquiry and response to significant questions posed by religion and worldviews. We aim for all children in our school, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who have Special Education Needs and Disabilities, to acquire the appropriate knowledge, develop their skills and form positive beliefs, values and attitudes. RE has a key part to play in the personal, social, moral and spiritual development of young people. Bristol is a vibrant multi-cultural city and it is important to us that our pupils are aware of this and have an appreciation and respect for the diversity of their local area. We aspire for excellence across the RE curriculum and want all children to achieve their full potential.
RE is planned and implemented in line with the Awareness Mystery Value agreed syllables (KS1 & KS2) and the EYFS framework (Understanding the World). All pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 have a dedicated RE lesson every week, which is planned to include meaningful and memorable learning. Children are taught by familiar adults who they have a good rapport with, in order to facilitate constructive and supportive discussions around sensitive topics in a safe and secure environment. We value inclusion and throughout their time at Cabot Primary School, pupils are given the opportunity to visit places of worship in their local community . By exposing pupils to the wide range of beliefs and religions that are practiced, we are helping them to understand and become more aware and open towards the community around them. Trips, workshops and school visitors are essential to help pupils develop a deeper conceptual understanding of religion and help them to embed subject specific vocabulary in an environment outside the classroom. All families are encouraged to attend regardless of their own religious background. Assemblies, when appropriate, are based on significant religious events, for example Diwali, Eid, and Harvest Festival. Our high expectations of behaviour, relationships, respect and tolerance of others reflect the British Values upheld in both our community and the wider world. Through our curriculum, and working in partnership with those around us, children develop key skills and are prepared for the wider world beyond primary school, a world in which they can keep themselves safe and healthy and thrive with the support of the positive relationships they forge with those around them.
The impact of our curriculum will enable pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. Through our RE curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education. By the time children leave our school they will:
- Be confident individuals who have positive self-awareness, extending their knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs,
- Develop a religious vocabulary and interpret religious symbolism in a variety of forms,
- Have an in-depth knowledge of others religious views and beliefs,
- Maintain positive relationships, through respect, tolerance and understanding,
- Understand the diverse world we live in.
- Have knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions.
Through the careful planning and continuous review of an engaging RE curriculum, we can observe how our pupils show and apply their own moral compass as well as accumulating an increased cultural capital.