Paulton Infant School is committed to enabling pupils to understand the nature of religion and what it means to practise and be part of a religion regardless of their background or previous experiences. All children will participate unless their parent/carer/guardian exercise their right to withdraw their child, wholly or partly from R.E. lessons or the daily act of reflection.
Our intent for Religious Education sessions and reflection in our school is:
· To assist children in their own quests for meaning and purpose.
· To enable them to mature in respect of their own beliefs, attitudes and values.
· To enable them to appreciate and respect the life stances and opinions of others.
· To develop awareness that life involves choices and to enable children to arrive at their own decision in a responsible and informed way.
· To enable children to reflect on the life and teachings of different religious leaders and world views.
· To develop socially, morally and spiritually.
· To develop an appreciation of themselves, others and the world in which they live.
· To increase their understanding of religious practices such as prayer and meditation.
· To develop a sense of ‘togetherness’ within the school community where there is a common ethos and shared values.
We follow the Discovery RE programme to ensure RE is accessible to all and to maximise outcomes for all children. This curriculum is built on a mutual respect for all religions and world views with an appreciation for other people’s perspectives. We use a variety of teaching methods to explore key questions surrounding religions including drama, storytelling, music and art. Where possible, we encourage visitors to the school to support the delivery of RE. The curriculum is built on the children own experiences and feelings, emphasising the value of acceptance when our opinions differ from others. These skills help children to grow into a caring member of the local community and a global citizen.