In Nursery and Reception, the children follow the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, while also delivering sessions from our school-wide scheme of work and progression plan. RE is covered in a cross curricular, immersive ways as part of topic learning, and focusses on wider world events such as Easter, Diwali, Chinese New Year and Christmas, as well as children's own experiences and special celebrations. Agreed key texts from a range of cultural and religious backgrounds are also shared and enjoyed during story times.
At Southroyd we also believe in the importance of giving children first hand experiences across a range of world views studied. We organise visits to the local Church, Gurdwaras, Synagogues and Mosques and invite workshops and guests from a range of religious backgrounds into school in order for the children to find out first-hand about different religions and world views.
At Southroyd we aim to deliver a broad and balanced RE curriculum in depth and with integrity. RE lessons combine many approaches including recorded, practical and discussion-based lessons ensuring all pupils are engaged in the subject. Children are encouraged to reflect upon prior learning alongside their current learning through our progression plan and scheme of work, reinforcing and embedding their subject knowledge.
At Southroyd we aim to ensure that pupils have good subject knowledge through the teaching of RE, as well as supporting them to grow as respectful citizens, with a deeper understanding of a range of world views. Through high quality RE planning and teaching, we aspire for pupils to be able to critically think about and identify similarities that connect groups of people or belief systems, as well as celebrate difference and what makes different groups, and themselves, unique.
RE is a statutory expectation, and though parents have the right to withdraw children from RE lessons, they will need to meet with the head teacher and RE subject leader to discuss their decision.