Religious Education at Cowley Hill Primary School aims to provide pupils with knowledge and understanding about world religions, values and traditions. We aim to enable pupils to become religiously and theologically literate so they can engage in our increasingly diverse society. The range of faiths and beliefs observed by our children and families are embraced and celebrated across the school. Through Religious Education, children are taught to be reflective and to trust and respect others.
We aim to support children in gaining shared human understanding, developing personal identity and searching for meaning in the context of evaluating different viewpoints. Children are encouraged to ask questions and to articulate their knowledge and understanding, as well as their personal and critical responses.
At Cowley Hill, we use the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education as a basis for our curriculum. RE is taught in every year group, ensuring minimum time requirements are met.
Our children follow a coherent and systematic study of the principal religion of Christianity across each key stage and are introduced to the other five principal religions represented in the UK by the end of KS2.
RE provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Our children are challenged to reflect on issues of belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.
Our Religious Education curriculum is enhanced through experiential learning opportunities, such as visits to places of worship in our local area.
Pupils’ attainment and progress is assessed termly using outcomes from the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus and reported to parents in an end of year report.