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The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education has been created and approved by SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education) and is the legal basis for RE in Peterborough.

All pupils on the school role at Norwood are entitled to receive RE, which will be delivered through core and additional school designed units of work using an enquiry based approach, with Christianity being 50% of each Key Stage curriculum planning. It is also an aim to incorporate RE within other areas of the curriculum, including PSHE and Science.

The curriculum is aimed at teaching children acquire knowledge, respond thoughtfully and develop morally, socially, spiritually and culturally. This will be assessed under two main attainment target headings: Learning about religion and belief; Learning from religion and belief.

In EYFS, the children will experience RE through three of the seven areas of Learning and Development:

  • Communication and language – including developing skills and confidence in expressing themselves;
  • Physical development – including developing their coordination, control and movement;
  • Personal, social and emotional development – including developing a positive sense of themselves and others, social skills and respect.

The Peterborough core units for EYFS are:

  • Ourselves, our families and our communities;
  • Celebrations and special times;

In Key Stage 1, the children will:

  • Learn about different beliefs about God and the world around them;
  • Encounter and respond to a range of stories, artefacts and other religious materials;
  • Learn to recognise that beliefs are expressed in a variety of ways;
  • Begin to understand the importance and value of religion and belief;
  • Be encouraged to ask relevant questions and develop a sense of wonder about the world;
  • Be encouraged to talk about what is important to them and others, value themselves and reflect on their own feelings and experiences.

The Peterborough core units for Lower KS1 are:

  • Places in Christianity;
  • The family in Islam;
  • What messages the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) brought.

In Key Stage 2, the children will:

  • Start recognising the impact of religion and belief locally, nationally and globally;
  • Make connections between differing aspects of religion and consider religious expression;
  • Consider the beliefs, teachings, practices and ways of life central to religion;
  • Learn about sacred texts and consider their meanings;
  • Begin to recognise diversity in religion;
  • Extend the use of specialist vocabulary;
  • Recognise the challenges involved in distinguishing between right and wrong, valuing what is good and true;
  • Communicate their ideas and recognise other people’s viewpoints;
  • Consider their own beliefs and values, and those of others.

The Peterborough core units for Lower KS2 are:

  • The Church Year;
  • Words of wisdom;
  • Sikhs in Britain.

The Peterborough core units for Upper KS2 are:

  • Jesus, as a leader;
  • Stories of Faith;
  • Hinduism in Britain;
  • Judaism in Britain and The World
  • Religions in our community.