Our intent for Religious Education is:
- For all children to feel valued and respected as they share and show awareness of their own and others’ belief system.
- For all children to respond with tolerance and understanding.
- For all children to develop curiosity about the world around them through a reflective and questioning approach.
- For all children to learn about a wider range of cultures, beliefs and religions, whilst considering how they can learn from them, regardless of their own beliefs or lack thereof.
- For all children to develop their own ideas and help them to understand their place in our challenging world.
At South Camberley, we teach Religious Education termly over two full days to provide an immersive and rich learning experience for our pupils. During this time, we enrich their understanding through an experience related to the religion we are learning about. These experiences take the form of a visit to a religious building, an in-school visit from a representative of a range of religions, or other memorable learning moment on the first day, e.g. using our school’s VR headsets to visit the Taj Mahal. The second day of learning comprises a project day. Pupils work collaboratively in groups to produce a project which shares their learning. They have access to a range of technology to achieve this, including: recording videos with green screens, PowerPoint presentations and the Chatterpix app, to help them showcase their knowledge and understanding. We offer pupils opportunities to make decisions about the best way to impart their knowledge through our technology which supports us in ensuring our RE curriculum is inclusively accessible to all learners.
Community is key to us at South Camberley. We invite members of our local community to share their belief system and cultural values with the children and have shared interesting experiences, including cooking and exploring personal religious artefacts with them. This helps our pupils to recognise themselves and one another’s faiths and belief systems feel represented through our RE curriculum.
Our RE curriculum is carefully planned to ensure that children build upon the knowledge they have. The range of experiences and opportunities to explore faith that we offer contributes to our pupils leaving South Camberley with a balanced, knowledgeable and open-minded view of the world. They respond to others by demonstrating tolerance and empathy and feel empowered that they can work together to break down stereotypes and stand up for what they believe in.