Religious Education at Cookham Rise
At Cookham Rise, we believe that religious education makes an important contribution to the education of our young people. We aim to help our children develop their own values, beliefs and morals by learning from and about the religions of others in our diverse society.
Through RE, children develop understanding, respect and empathy for others and appreciate the range of cultures and traditions in our community and wider world.
RE is taught in accordance with the RBWM Agreed Syllabus for RE and delivered using the 'Discovery RE' scheme of work.
Learning in RE at Cookham Rise takes the form of an enquiry-based approach, using children's own experiences as a starting point, then considering the religious practices and values of others', before considering children's own views in the light of their learning. We encourage research and reasoned debate to consider topical enquiries.
Children learn about 5 of the world's principal religions; Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam. Each year group covers Christianity alongside another one of the key religions and we recognise important religious festivals in our studies.
Our RE curriculum also strongly supports our 'Golden Rules' that we adhere to in school and the SMSC curriculum.
RE is enriched with educational visits and welcoming religious figures from our community to school.
We have good links with our local church and religious leaders.
Discovery RE Scheme of Work is a thoughtful and creative set of Religious Education lesson planning for the whole Primary school, years F1 through to Year 6.
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.'
RE and the National Curriculum 2014