An introduction from our RE Lead - Miss Kiely (Matisse Class)
At Longlands we follow the agreed Bexley syllabus of 2014. We have no affiliation to a specific religion or denomination and focus on developing the children’s cultural awareness of others ways and beliefs. Throughout a child’s education at Longlands they will establish a good understanding of the world that we live in and show that they understand the importance of valuing others. Throughout our teaching we promote the British Values and enable children to demonstrate a mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths.
From when a child enters Longlands, to the time they leave in year 6, they will develop their awareness of world faiths, building on their existing knowledge and understanding from year to year. Children will learn to recognise the influences and beliefs of each individual faith and will be taught about the traditions and festivals which underpin each of them. As a school we take part in collective worship across the week, where the children are able to share and celebrate their own beliefs as well as those of others. Our aim is to promote children learning about a religion from a religion and we welcome outside visitors into school to enhance our own Spiritual, moral, social and culture development.
Throughout the teaching of Religious Education at Longlands, not only will children have the opportunities to gain knowledge of how others live their lives, but it will equip them with the appropriate understanding to demonstrate respect for themselves and others as people with their own opinions, rights and place in society. The teaching of Religious Education at Longlands is creative, whereby children learn about religion through Art, Drama and Music, as well as through reflection which allows time for individuals to express viewpoints. We believe that teaching the children about Religion in a variety of ways encourages them to develop their curiosity of the world around them.
In EYFS and Key Stage 1 children will learn about the different world religions, discussing their stories, places of worship, traditions and festivals which, at times share comparisons, as well as distinguish them from one another. Throughout Key Stage 2 children continue to further their knowledge of religions while beginning to discuss the fundamental questions that life poses. These are known as the big questions and the children take a philosophical approach when answering them, taking into account how our differing opinions shape our beliefs and the ways in which we lead our lives. Our aim is for children to leave Longlands with a wealth of knowledge that enables them to respect and value each individual.