‘RE is like an iceberg. As you unpack ideas, you come to understand deeper meanings’.
Religious Education stands alone from other curriculum subjects in that it is determined by a Local Agreed Syllabus. The syllabus that Warden House School follows is ‘The Kent Agreed Syllabus 2017-2022 for Religious Education’ (KAS)
The Kent Syllabus states that the purpose of RE is to:
Contribute dynamically to children’s education by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
In RE they learn about and from religions and worldwide views in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions.
They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree effectively.
Teaching, therefore, should equip pupils with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and world views, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities.
It should develop in pupils an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society, with its diverse religions and world views.
Pupils should gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. They should learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.
The principal aim of RE is to encourage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.
The Kent Agreed Syllabus devotes the majority of the attention to the Christian tradition; it gives clear guidance on what is to be taught from all religions, faiths and includes moral and spiritual education. It aims to provide a broad and balanced Religious Education curriculum, to promote the spiritual, cultural and moral growth of pupils and develop an appreciation of religion in contemporary life. It does not confine itself exclusively to Religious Education based on the Christian tradition, nor is it denominational, or aim to convert pupils to religion.
In our school, we have chosen to study the main beliefs and practises of Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Jewish people. The planning that we use at Warden House Primary School comes from The Kent Agreed Syllabus.
Please click below to view our current RE curriculum overview: