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The Religious Education Curriculum at East Wichel Primary School and Nursery aims to ensure children explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live. This means that pupils 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.


Children in our Reception classes are prepared for future RE learning throughout their everyday curriculum. As they learn alongside each other, they learn tolerance, community, gratitude, kindness and sensitivity.


Year 1 children begin with a firm foundation of understanding that will prepare them for the next stage of their RE learning. RE is taught for one hour a week in every Key Stage One and Two class at East Wichel Primary School and Nursery. Each unit is planned in detail and will develop the skills below: Children can ask challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Children have knowledge about religions and beliefs in local, national and global contexts. Children can weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources. Children can agree or disagree respectfully. Children can articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ. Children can develop their ideas, values and identities. Children can participate positively in our society, with its diverse religions and beliefs.


At East Wichel Primary School and Nursery, we believe that it is vital for all of our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. Through Religious Education, pupils develop their knowledge of the world faiths, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. Religious Education lessons are planned so that there is opportunity for comparison and debate, as well as revisiting in different year groups to build on prior learning. We enhance our religious curriculum with trips to various places of worship. Children complete termly reflections on the unit of RE that they have been learning and will write answers to philosophical/open questions. We use the Swindon and Wiltshire Locally Agreed Syllabus (SACRE) to inform the RE curriculum.