Religious education is compulsory in all maintained primary schools.
Religious education (RE) in primary schools is an oft-overlooked subject. While it’s compulsory for all maintained schools to provide RE, it’s not part of the National Curriculum. This means that the Government doesn’t dictate what is taught, and there are no mandatory assessments in the subject at primary or secondary level.
Non-denominational state schools, including academies and foundation schools, must follow an RE syllabus put together by the local authority. This is known as the ‘locally agreed syllabus’, and is compiled by a group of people including representatives of the Church of England, other religious groups, and teaching representatives.
The locally agreed syllabus must reflect the fact that Great Britain is traditionally Christian, while also taking into account the teaching and practices of other principal religions.
The NCFRE says that in KS1, children should develop their knowledge and understanding of principal religions and worldviews. They learn to use subject-specific vocabulary, ask questions and begin to express their own views in response to what they’re taught.
Children are expected to:
- Recall and name different beliefs and practices, including festivals, forms of worship, rituals and ways of life, in order to find out about the meanings behind them.
- Retell and explore the meanings of some religious and moral stories, explore and discuss sacred writings and sources of wisdom, and recognise the traditions behind them.
- Recognise some of the symbols and actions that express a religious community’s way of life, looking at similarities between them.
- Ask and respond to questions about what individuals and communities do, and why, so they can identify what it means to be a part of a community.
- Observe and recount different ways of expressing identity and belonging.
- Notice and respond to some of the similarities between different religions and worldviews.
- Explore questions about belonging, meaning and truth so that they can express their own opinions and ideas in response, using words, music, art or poetry.
- Find out about and respond to examples of cooperation between people who are different.
- Find out about questions of right and wrong and begin to develop and express their own opinions.
Because the NCFRE isn’t statutory, schools don’t have to follow its guidance, although many locally agreed syllabuses use it as a starting point. All schools should make the content and objectives of their RE syllabus available for parents to look at.
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