Intent: RE has a particular contribution to make towards the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of each pupil. It involves Learning About Religion i.e. understanding what religious people believe and do, and how they express themselves (Attainment Target 1); and also Learning From Religion i.e. making sense of who we are, of life, and of right and wrong (Attainment Target 2). We encourage respect for religious commitment and for those holding different beliefs.
Religious Education is unique in the school curriculum in that it is neither a core subject nor a foundation subject but the 1988 Education Act states that ‘Religious Education has equal standing in relation to core subjects of the National Curriculum in that it is compulsory for all registered pupils’. Kemsing Primary School delivers RE in line with the Kent Agreed Syllabus.
Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
At Kemsing Primary School, the R.E. syllabus is based around a key question approach. In order to make Religious education engaging and enquiring we employ a variety of teaching methods including discussion, the development of thinking skills, drama through freeze frames etc, the use of artefacts, pictures, stories, use of periods of stillness and reflection and appropriate visits to a variety of places of worship.