At Woodchurch CE Primary School we aim to make Religious Education teaching stimulating, interesting and challenging. We teach using the Canterbury Diocesan Scheme of Work which is then adapted to meet the learning needs of our children. As a Church of England Primary School, the teaching of Christianity is given the highest priority and accounts for around 65% of the curriculum in our school. In addition to Christianity children in Key Stage 1 learn about Judaism and Hinduism, whilst in Key Stage 2 they learn about Islam and Sihkism and revisit Judaism.
Understanding Christianity as a living religion is the foundation of children’s Religious Education at Woodchurch CE Primary School. We believe it is important that we draw on the richness and diversity of Christian experience in the breadth of its Anglican and other denominational forms, and in the variety of its worldwide forms. We ensure that teaching is open, which stems from and instils respect for different views and interpretations and in which real dialogue and learning to take place. Children will be provided with opportunities to deepen their understanding of God as encountered and taught by Christians.
Woodchurch CE Primary School’s teaching of Religlious Education is planned:
- To enable children to encounter Christianity as the religion that shaped British culture and heritage and influences the lives of millions of people today
- To enable children to learn about the other major religions, their impact on culture and politics, art and history, and on the lives of their adherents
- To develop understanding of religious faith as the search for and expression of truth
- To contribute to the development of children’s own spiritual and philosophical convictions, and to further explore and enrich their own faith and beliefs
By the end of their education at Woodchurch CE Primary school, children will have learned to:
- Think theologically and explore ultimate questions
- Reflect critically on the truth claims of Christian belief
- Develop the skills to analyse, interpret and apply the Bible text
- Recognise that faith is a particular way of understanding and responding to God and the world
- Analyse and explain the varied nature and traditions of the Christian community
- Make a well informed response to Christianity
- Respect those of all faiths in their search for God
- Reflect critically on areas of shared belief and practice between different faiths
- Enrich and expand their understanding of truth
- Reflect critically and express their views on the human quest and destiny
To see an overview of the units taught at Woodchurch CE Primary School please see the documents below.