The principal aim of RE in the Kent Agreed Syllabus is:To engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.
At Ditton C of E Junior School, children are taught to understand and respect the importance of religious beliefs in the world around them. As per the Kent Agreed Syllabus, they are given opportunities to:
· engage in meaningful, informed and academic dialogue with those of other faiths and none
· develop evaluative responses of their own to the questions and issues addressed in RE.
We aim to ensure that our Religious Education curriculum is challenging, dynamic and relevant to all pupils, giving them a better understanding of the world that they live in, as well as enabling them to live life in all its fullness (John 10:10)
Religious Education and a ‘Christian Ethos’ is embedded throughout the school curriculum and everyday life at Ditton C of E Junior School with the focus on four core Christian values: empathy, responsibility, respect and perseverance.
Our curriculum is based around the 'Understanding Christianity' programme, following guidance from Rochester Diocese. Each year group has a range of topics to cover within Christianity, as well as units of learning about other faiths. Understanding Christianity offers a coherent approach to teaching and learning about Christianity, in the wider RE curriculum.
At Ditton C of E Junior School we value opportunities to develop a broad and rich awareness of the world around us. In addition to learning about Christianity, pupils will learn about the principal religions represented in the UK, in line with the law. These are Sikhism (Year 3), Hinduism (Year 4), Islam (Year 5) and Buddhism (Year 6).