RE at St. John’s is taught to the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2012.
The syllabus has two main aims: learn about religion and explore human experience; learn from religion and respond to human experience.
During EYFS, children begin to explore the world of religion in terms of special people, books, times, places and objects and by visiting places of worship. They reflect on their own feelings and experiences. They use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation and wonder of the world in which they live. They listen to and talk about stories including religious stories. They may be introduced to some religious words and use their senses in exploring religions and beliefs, practices and forms of expression.
During KS1, pupils explore Christianity and at least one other principle religion: Hinduism and Judaism. They learn about different beliefs, about God and the world around them. They encounter and respond to a range of stories, artifacts 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, using their imaginations. 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.
During KS2, pupils learn about Christianity and at least two of the other principle religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Islam and Judaism 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 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 religions and beliefs and the importance of dialogue between them. They extend the range and use of specialist vocabulary. They recognise the challenges involved in distinguishing between ideas of right and wrong, and valuing what is good and true. They communicate their ideas, recognising other people’s viewpoints. They consider their own beliefs and values and those of others in the light of our learning in Religious Education.