At Lamberhurst St Mary’s CEP school, Religious Education is an important part of our school curriculum. We are a Voluntary Controlled Primary School with a Christian Anglican Foundation.
We follow the Kent Agreed Syllabus Incorporating ‘Understanding Christianity’, to teach Religious Education.
Elements of the bible are taught through 8 'core concepts' which children revisit during their journey through school.
The 8 Core Concepts
These concepts are linked to the ‘Big Frieze’ which shows a pictorial journey of the bible. The Big Frieze is designed to give pupils an awareness of the wider context of each concept, unit and text studied in the Understanding Christianity RE lessons.
The Big Frieze
Our RE Curriculum is designed to nurture and develop spiritual and moral development of all pupils. This is done through exploring our capacity to recognise that all human beings are capable of spiritual growth and incorporates ‘Golden Threads’, by asking key questions linked to Theology, Philosophy and Human and Social Sciences.
Our pupils are introduced to World Faiths other than Christianity: Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Islam. Our RE syllabus balances awareness of the textual foundations of the faith, with an awareness of how each Faith impacts life, making connections between belief and practice. In EYFS children study RE through stories and the celebration of festivals throughout the year.
Golden Thread Questions
We aim to provide a safe, open but guided environment in which the children are challenged to reflect, discuss and ask searching questions about faith expression, values and ultimate questions; provoked by a stimulus from a world faith, but linked back to the context of their own faith and experience. We believe that it is important, in the context of our multi-cultural society, to learn how to hold, develop and share deep personal convictions while at the same time demonstrating love, respect and a willingness to listen to different religious views. In this way we seek to educate and nurture all of our children with respect for their individual backgrounds, in line with our school ethos and in preparation for their future role as thoughtful, reflective and empathetic members of our global society.