In Religious Education, we study the diversity of the world and different religious beliefs and practices. We follow the Hampshire Agreed syllabus, ‘Living Difference’ which encapsulates the key religions represented in the UK. Much of our RE teaching is carried out through exploring the children’s ideas and emphasis is given to discussion and positive, quality talk. Our religious education learning provides a rich and wide range of experiences which give children opportunities to develop concepts and skills that will help them to make sense of their own experiences and beliefs, and to understand the beliefs and practices of members of faith communities through open, fair minded enquiry. Indoctrination and conversion are not part of the educational process and therefore have no place in religious education. Religious education is an educational subject in its own right, taught within an educational framework.
Long Term Plan for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1
Stories Jesus Told
Celebrating new life
Special clothes – focus on Judaism
Harvest and Sukkott
Key events in Jesus’ life
Easter for Infants
Special places (including Judaism)
Bible and Torah
Ideas about God
Stories from the 6 major religions
Light as a symbol
Hannukah and Advent
Sadness to happiness
People Jesus met
Promoting British Values Statement
The DFE have reinforced the need ‘to create a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’
Sarisbury Infant School is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever changing nature of the United Kingdom, and therefore those it serves. Sarisbury Infant School understands the important role it has ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
Our School accepts admissions from all those entitled to an education under British law, including pupils of all faiths or none. It follows the policies outlined by its Governing Body regarding equal opportunities, which ensure there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. It seeks to serve all.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key British Values are taught in all UK schools. The Government set out its definition of British values in the ‘Prevent Strategy’ – Values of:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Democracy is seen in school through the work of our VOICE Team and numerous opportunities for pupils to express their opinions and views through pupil voice. The concept of free speech is fostered through listening to children’ views and opinions, both through the VOICE Team and pupil interviews and questionnaires. Our School behaviour policy and School Charter involves all of us making the right choices, thinking about our rights and responsibilities. Positive rewards using the School Charter are seen on a daily basis. Our School values also reflect our belief that all views should be respected.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced throughout the school day. They are reinforced through our positive behaviour policy and through discussions in PSHE and during assemblies. Pupils are always taught the value and reasons behind laws and rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are part of our curriculum and help reinforce this message. Our School Charter is a strong focus in guiding our behaviour and choices.
Our pupils are actively encouraged to make choices in a safe and supportive environment. We spend time reflecting on the ‘right’ choices and educate and provide children with safe boundaries in which for them to explore, develop and flourish. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms; for example in PSHE lessons or through the work we do around E-Safety. Children are given opportunities in which to make choices; through the way they record their work and homework, present their learning outcomes to the extra-curricular clubs and opportunities they sign up for.
Our core values are built around CREW – Caring, Resilient, Enthusiastic and Wondering and are embedded in our ethos and the everyday working life of the school. The values are lived out by the community at Sarisbury and are reflected in our assemblies and lessons. Mutual respect for each other is a key aspect of how we all work to treat one another. The school community explores and discusses what ‘respect’ means and what it looks like in practice on an ongoing basis and staff and children live and breathe this each day. Our Emotional Literacy Support work reinforces this for children who need extra guidance, allowing them to build on their self-esteem or develop their awareness and respect for others. Our School Charter guides us in this aspect also.
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
We believe this is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in both the local community and the world around them – a world which is culturally rich and diverse. The range of opportunities that we give the children to think about tolerance, and how events in the past have shaped the future, are wide ranging. We encourage visits from people of other faiths into school to talk to the children and we discuss key events and celebrations form other cultures and religions.
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