At Earlsfield Primary School we study Religious Education for two days every term.
During this time the children come away from their regular daily timetable and spend two days focusing on one religion.
The religions are rotated meaning that the children revisit a religion every two years, each time provoking more challenging questions and deepening their understanding. We feel this learning method ensures that the children have a clear focus and can fully immerse themselves in their learning and feedback from the children has shown they have enjoyed learning about different religions in this way. The religions we learn about are Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Humanism and Buddhism.
Through studying all religions we are constantly developing children’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs, which form the modern society and influence our lives. RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. What is learnt in RE also features in other parts of the school curriculum. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening the understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally. Their understanding of religions also helps them to understand historical events; for example, in Year Four, children learn about Christianity in this country when they study King Henry VIII.
As well as learning about different religions, the children are also able to learn from them. They think about the key principles of religions in the context of their own lives for example; what is special to me? Where is my special place? What rules do I follow?
We are very fortunate to have strong links with many different places of worship in and around our community. Throughout the children’s time at Earlsfield they will visit at least one place of worship for each main religion. This enables the children to have a rich, first hand experience of these special places. In some cases we are fortunate to have visitors in to share and teach us about their religion and beliefs.