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Religious Education (R.E)

Religious Education is an important part of the curriculum at our school, giving children the chance to learn key facts and information about a wide range of world religions, beliefs and traditions. It is allowing them to develop life skills of respect, tolerance and understanding that will be vital to them as they prepare to grow up in a multi – cultural and multi – ethnic society.

R.E allows for aspects of our social, moral, spiritual and cultural curriculum (SMSC) to develop, as it gives the children a voice when looking at personal and global issues as well as enabling them to ask and answer questions in a safe and welcoming environment.

In Key Stage 1 the children learn about Christianity and 2 other world religions: Judaism and Islam.

Other topics the children have recently looked at include:
•    The Creation Story
•    Influential people and objects.
•    Sacred places and religious buildings
•    Easter: life after death

The year 2 children at Kirkby Fleetham completed their hard work in R.E by holding a Collective Worship for the rest of the school to show them what they had been learning in their lessons about sacred places and religious buildings:


The children focus on a different unit every half term. They will look at the main Christian festivals, such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter and other key festivals that the other world religions celebrate.

The children learn through first hand experiences and visits from local and diverse communities. We welcome any volunteers who are willing to come in and talk about their faith and share their beliefs and experiences with us. Local members of the community came from the Church to help us make Christingles ready for our Christingle service in December:


When looking at Influential people and objects, the children were invited to bring in objects that were special to them, to show others and show respect and tolerance to personal beliefs. Jack and Grace showed us examples of their personal belongings that were important to them and why this was so:


Our displays around school give the children a chance to show their achievements on a regular basis, and show what they have been learning about:
















The R.E policy is updated regularly and is supportive of all children, whatever religion or beliefs they may or may not hold, in line with the North Yorkshire County Council Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Please feel free to look at this on our policies page.

If you would like any more information about R.E at either school please contact the R.E subject leader Mrs Wendy Arrowsmith.

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