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St Faith St Martin Church of England Junior School

We follow the Lincolnshire agreed syllabus for Religious Education.

The aim of RE in Lincolnshire: To produce pupils who are religiously literate and able to hold balanced and informed conversations about religion and belief.

At key stage 2: 45 hours per year.

Two-thirds of our time has a Christian Focus.

Our RE teaching:

  • develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity as well as other principal religions and world views;
  • focuses on concepts as well as content, within the context of enquiry based learning;
  • explores authentic religious material, e.g. sacred texts;
  • reflects diversity in terms of the changing religious landscape of the UK so that they are prepared for life in modern Britain;
  • engages and challenges pupils;
  • reflect pupils’ own experiences and provides a safe space for discussion;
  • presents religious belief as a real, lived phenomenon, not something exotic or belonging to the past;
  • takes into account the increase in the number of people with non-religious beliefs and identities;
  • provides opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development;
  • helps to prepare pupils for adult life, enabling them to develop respect and sensitivity for others.

Our pupils develop key skills in RE in order to enhance learning: 

1. Investigation and enquiry: asking relevant and increasingly deep questions; using a range of sources and evidence, including sacred texts; identifying and talking about key concepts. 

2. Critical thinking and reflection: analysing information to form a judgement; reflecting on beliefs and practices, ultimate questions and experiences. 

3. Empathy: considering the thoughts, feelings, experiences, attitudes, beliefs and values of others; seeing the world through the eyes of others. 

4. Interpretation: interpreting religious language and the meaning of sacred texts; drawing meaning from, for example, artefacts and symbols. 

5. Analysis: distinguishing between opinion, belief and fact; distinguishing between the features of different religions. 

6. Evaluation: enquiring into religious issues and drawing conclusions with reference to experience, reason, evidence and dialogue.

Key areas of enquiry 

1. God: What do people believe about God? 

2. Being human: How does faith and belief affect the way people live their lives? 

3. Community, worship and celebration: How do people express their religion and beliefs? 

4. Life journey: rites of passage: How do people mark important events in life?