Although there is not a National Curriculum for RE, all maintained schools must follow the National Curriculum requirements to teach a broad and balanced curriculum, which includes RE. It is the parent’s legal right to withdraw their children from Religious Education. The RE curriculum is determined by the local Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE), which is responsible for producing the locally agreed syllabus for RE. Our local authority is Staffordshire. Here is a link to this document and further information:
At Chadsmead we believe that religious education should provide a contemporary study of religion, in order to prepare children for later life. Whilst Christianity is the primary religion in Great Britain, we are a multi-cultural nation and as a result, all religions and cultures are covered in our curriculum. Respect, tolerance and understanding for the beliefs of others will be promoted as part of our curriculum.
In the foundation stage, RE is taught through a series of books centred around the adventures of a mischievous cat, Puddles. They are entirely appropriate for children in the earliest stages of education, Nursery and Reception level. The Puddles and Freddie series of books and resources effectively support the teaching and learning of Christianity. Each title covers a different aspect of the Christian faith: Harvest, Nativity and Christmas, Easter, Weddings, Infant Baptism, and Helping Others.
Children in Years 1- 6 receive a RE lesson of approximately 1 hour, weekly. The children discuss a wide range of spiritual, moral, social and cultural viewpoints and are encouraged to think about engaging with communities. Each child visits one or more place of worship and we have whole school RE events.
Please see the RE overview for the topics studied. As with theme the curriculum is spread across 2 years in cycles:
Cycle 1: 2018/19, 2020/21
Cycle 2: 2019/20, 2021/22