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At The Stoke Poges School, we follow the Oxford Diocese RE curriculum.  Over the course of the year, children will learn about Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. 

RE is an opportunity to explore the beliefs, values and attitudes that guide us throughout life.  Exploration of world religions will enhance understanding of these beliefs, values and practices.  There are two main educational purposes to RE. 

  1. So that children can learn about religions and beliefs which have influeneced the lives of millions of people and heavily influenced the development of different human cultures. 
  2. So that children can learn more about themselves and their place in the world from their study of religion and belief. 

RE is another way in which the school promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. 

In Key Stage 1 pupils learn different beliefs about God and the world around them through exploring Christianity and Judaism.  They encounter and respond to a range of stories, artefacts and other religious materials.  They learn to recognise that beliefs are expressed in a variety of ways, and begin to use specialist vocabulary.  They begin to understand the importance and value of religion and belief, especially for other children and their families.  Pupils ask relevant questions and develop a sense of wonder about the world.  They talk about what is important to them and others, valuing themselves, reflecting on their own feelings and experiences and developing a sense of belonging. 

Throughout Key Stage 2, pupils learn about Christianity and other principal religions, recognising the impact of religion and belief locally, nationally and globally.  They make connections between differing aspects of religion and consider the different forms of religious expression.  They consider the beliefs, teachings, practices and ways of life central to each religion.  They learn about sacred texts and other sources and consider their meanings.  They begin to recognise diversity in religion, learning about similarities and differences, both within and between religious beliefs and the importance of dialogue between them.  They extend the range and their use of specialist vocabulary.  They recognise the challenges involved in distinguishing between ideas of right and wrong, valuing what is good and true.  They communicate their ideas, recognising other people’s viewpoints.  They consider their own beliefs and values togther with those of others in the light of their learning in religious education. 

The Stoke Poges School is part of a wonderfully diverse community.  We recognise that religion and belief, for many people, forms a crucial part of their culture and identify.  We ensure that children are taught key knowledge, in a creative way, to ensure that they are equipped to talk about RE in a sensitive and respectful way. 

We believe that RE contributes to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) of all children, and this makes a significant contribution to helping pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain, through practising the skills of tolerance and mutual respect as seen in Fundamental British Values.  RE provides us with opportunities to develop pupils’ learning and understanding of people they will meet, work and live alongside.