RE Subject Statement
At North Walsall Primary Academy we use a scheme called Discovery RE to teach Religious Education from Reception to Year 6. Christianity is taught in every year group with Christmas and Easter given fresh treatment every year, developing children’s learning in a progressive way. Buddhism, Hinduism,Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are all included. There are 6 modules per year. There are mapped SMSC opportunities and British Values. Discovery RE focuses on critical thinking skills, on personal reflection into the child’s own thoughts and feelings, on growing subject knowledge and nurturing spiritual development. Using an enquiry-based model well, children’s critical thinking skills can be developed, their motivation to learn increased, and their knowledge and understanding of, and empathy with people and their beliefs, religious or otherwise, will be enhanced. This approach takes very seriously the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. RE does not try to persuade but rather to inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place.