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Merryhills Primary School

Religious Education

The UK has a rich heritage of culture and diversity.

This is continuing today in an era of globalisation and an increasingly interdependent world. Religion and belief for many people forms a crucial part of their culture and identity.

Religion and beliefs have become more visible in public life locally, nationally and internationally. The impact of religion on society and public life is constantly brought to public attention through extensive media coverage. The rapid pace of development in scientific and medical technologies and the environmental debate continue to present new issues which raise religious, moral and social questions. The internet enables learning and encourages participation in public discussion of issues in a new and revolutionary way.

Religious Education (R.E) at Merryhills has adopted an enquiry based learning approach whereby children are able to ask deep and meaningful questions about religion in a safe and respectful environment. We follow the Discovery R.E. scheme, which is carefully mapped in accordance with the Enfield Agreed Syllabus, ensuring all children receive the statutory entitlement for R.E. The syllabus allows for progression and depth of understanding across the key stages, with the opportunity for children to reflect on their learning at the end of each unit. This is expressly planned for across the curriculum. Furthermore, our syllabus significantly contributes to the British Values Agenda and SMSC development and sits alongside our own school ethos and values.

A wide range of activities develop skills such as investigation, interpretation and analysis. Our planning of lessons allows children to appreciate how different approaches such as role play and drama, discussion and debate, artwork and reflection, support their learning effectively. Pupils of all ages are given the opportunity to share ideas and beliefs articulately within a respectful learning environment. 

Children at Merryhills have the opportunity to further develop their religious literacy and understanding of faiths through educational visits. Our vision is to develop strong links with religious institutions within our community and further afield and the curriculum has been designed so that each year group participates in R.E. educational visits.