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Religious Education

R.E at Abbotswood 


Rationale for the RE curriculum at Abbotswood  


At Abbotswood children learn about faiths from across the world and reflect on ‘life’s’ big questions.  We follow the South Gloucestershire SACRE scheme. The principal aim of this scheme is to show pupils that RE explores big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.  Children at Abbotswood will learn from Christianity in each Key Stage and in addition pupils will learn from the principal religions represented in the UK, in line with the law. These are Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Judaism. World views, including for example humanism, will also be explored. 


How do we teach RE at Abbotswood? 


RE is taught for an hour a week across the school. Teachers work from the short term plans that are provided as part of the South Gloucestershire SCARE scheme. Each short term plan is taught over a half term period and begins with a key question E.g Which people are special and why? (Reception topic). Each individual lesson then also begins with a question.  The plans are adapted slightly where necessary to suit the class and the children.  In the Foundation Stage (reception) RE is taught as a stand-alone lesson like in the rest of the school but some of the learning time is conducted through continued provision.  


If you have any questions regarding the provision of teaching in RE please don’t hesitate to contact Jonathan Edwards who is the RE subject leader.