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Religious Education

At Kehelland Village School we follow the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2020-2025 for our Religious Education lessons. Over the course of a child’s journey through Primary School, this curriculum introduces them not only to Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain, but also to the unique religious and spiritual character of our home county (Curriculum Kernewek). The syllabus states that “The principal aim of Religious Education is to explore what people believe and what difference it makes to how they live. 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”.


Intent

Through their learning in Religious Education, our aim is for our pupils to make sense of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs; to understand the impact and significance of religious and non-religious beliefs on people’s lives; and to make connections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts, practices and ideas studied. We aim to foster the qualities of commitment, fairness, respect, self-understanding, enquiry and openness, all essential prerequisites for entering fully into the study of religions and learning from that experience. These qualities align closely with our school’s Virtues Project and Character Education programmes.


Implementation

In course of their time in primary school, our children will be learning about Christians, Jews, Muslims and Hindus. Other religious groups may also be studied if they are relevant to our school community. The emphasis is on learning about living faiths, rather than the history and belief structures of traditions. For example, children will learn about the religious beliefs and lifestyle choices of Jews, rather than study the historical background of Judaism. Different religious beliefs are introduced systematically throughout KS1 (Christians, Jews and Muslims) and Lower KS2 (Christians, Hindus, Jews and Muslims) with further revisits occurring in Upper KS2. The comparative study of religions is in place at each key stage. The Curriculum Kernewek focuses on sacred places in Cornwall, how the Cornish people mark significant events in community life and how faith helps Cornish people through hard times.


Impact

The children’s knowledge, skills and understanding within Religious Education will develop progressively as they move through the school. Our aim is for our Y6 children to leave us with the ability to participate positively in our society, with its diverse religions and beliefs. They will be able to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.