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All Saints Church of England Primary and Nursery School

RE at All Saints

R.E. is concerned with the study of religious beliefs and practices and the development of an understanding of how these have impacted on the lives of believers. It takes pupils on a journey of spiritual understanding leading to an awareness of the great issues of life. 

As a Church of England School we recognise the importance of the original Foundation Statement and remain aware that the balance of Religious Education will be of a mainly Christian nature.

The content of RE in All Saints C.E. Primary is based on the East Sussex Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education which affirms the important contribution that RE makes to the education of all pupils growing up in contemporary British society. It seeks to contribute to a curriculum in schools which the 1988 Education Reform Act expects to be balanced, broadly based and:

  1. promotes the spiritual, moral, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society; and
  2. prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

East Sussex Agreed Syllabus 

Our aims are:

  • To develop a knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other world religions and to recognise religion as an important expression of human experience.
  • To appreciate moral values such as honesty, liberty, fairness and concern for others.
  • To investigate and understand the questions and answers that religions can offer about the nature and meaning of life.
  • To develop the pupils own beliefs, attitudes, values and practices through a process of personal search, discovery and critical evaluation.

 From these aims there are two interconnected areas. These are:

 Learning about religion and beliefs - Pupils should be provided with learning opportunities and experiences aimed at developing their knowledge of the nature of religion, its key beliefs, teachings and practices, their impact on the lives of believers and communities and the varying ways in which these are expressed

Learning from religion and beliefs - Pupils should be provided with learning opportunities and experience which enables them to reflect and respond to their own and others experiences and their study of religion.

Cross Curricular Links

There are many opportunities for linking with other subjects language (creation stories, re-telling etc.), drama, dance, technology, art, history, geography will all readily relate to R.E. topics and children should be made aware that they are transferring similar skills such as interpretation, analysis, explanation and communication, across these areas.