RE explores big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that they can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
At Plaxtol Primary School we cover the content required by the Kent Agreed Syllabus for RE. This reflects the fact that the religious traditions are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of other principal religions in the UK. We acknowledge the right of parents to withdraw their children from RE.
We aim to provide an open and inclusive curriculum which can be taught to all pupils, this has a focus on accepting and celebrating differences in beliefs and traditions. Our curriculum includes visits to different places of worship such as a Sikh Gurdwara and the Bromley synagogue.
There is a 2 year cycle of units in order to meet the needs of mixed age classes, where the pitch and expectations for each unit are matched to the different ages and abilities within the class. All children are assessed against KS1 and KS2 outcomes from the Kent Agreed Syllabus for RE, these outcomes are split into 3 aspects:
Continuity and progression can be achieved when pupil have increasingly challenging opportunities to:
We have established community links with Plaxtol Parish Church and the vicar takes assemblies at the school. At Harvest Festival parents donate food to a Food Bank which has links with the church. At Christmas we perform our annual Christmas Carol Concert at the church.