Religious Education at West Ewell inspires pupils to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for exploring the world’s principal religions (Christianity plus Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism) as well as non-religious world views such as Humanism. The children will reflect on challenging questions about “meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human” (taken from the Surrey Agreed Syllabus 2017-2022) and the possible answers there could be to these questions, both from a religious or non-religious view point. RE at West Ewell enables pupils to develop the ability to talk about their own experiences, values, ideas and beliefs whilst respecting and reflecting on others differing views. This enables them to develop their own sense of identity and become informed, respectful members of both our school community and our wider local community.
RE at West Ewell is taught in half termly units as set out in the Surrey Agreed Syllabus. These units are usually taught through weekly lessons. Teacher’s plan for the children to go on a learning journey through each topic- as set out in the non-statutory guidance accompanying the Agreed Syllabus comprising
- Enquire and Explore
Assessment takes place through the ‘express’ element of the journey.
We expect that children will engage enthusiastically with RE and enjoy learning about religion and be able to express their own ideas, beliefs and insights as a result of their learning. Children will learn about religion with a focus on the six world religions as well as non-religious world views such as Humanism. We expect that children will be able to talk articulately about their RE learning using specific religious vocabulary and, most importantly, show a sense of respect through how they speak about what they are learning. As children progress through the school we expect them to show developing insight into the role religion plays in people’s own lives and in the lives of communities, as well as a growing ability to make links with what they have learnt previously and what they are learning now; to make comparisons, seeing similarities and differences between religions as well as the themes studied.