Religious Education

RE at Elburton
Our Aims
The principal aim of religious education at Elburton primary, is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live. We want our children 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.
Through the provision of Religious Education at our school, we aim to:
 provoke challenging questions about the purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human.
 foster personal reflection and spiritual development, to encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs, (whether they are religious or non-religious), and to express their responses.
 enable our children to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society.
 teach our children to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and to help challenge prejudice.
 prompt pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to the communities and to wider society.
 develop a sense of awe and wonder in the world in which our children live.
How do we do this?
The school’s progression map for the teaching of RE can be found below. As a school we follow the locally agreed syllabus for Plymouth schools, which includes units from the Understanding Christianity scheme, in addition to units which teach the other major world religions and non-religious worldviews.
Our curriculum deepens pupils’ knowledge about religions and develops their ‘religious literacy’. It does this by studying one religion at a time (‘systematic’ units), and then including ‘thematic’ units, which build on learning by comparing the religions, beliefs and practices studied. The curriculum at Elburton Primary, sets out an underlying teaching and learning approach, whereby pupils encounter core concepts in religions and beliefs, developing their understanding and their ability to handle questions of religion and belief.
Religious Education Lead: Mrs E Johnson