At Knights Enham Nursery and Infant School, we believe that every child should have opportunities to explore and develop their beliefs and values and to understand what it means to live a religious life. We aim to engage the children by providing creative and exciting activities. The knowledge and skills learnt and developed will equip the children to further their understanding when they reach Key Stage Two.
At Knights Enham Nursery and Infant school Key Stage 1 follow the Living Difference agreed syllabus for Hampshire. This is an enquiry based curriculum which is concept based and follows these enquiry skills: Communicate, Apply, Enquire, Contextualise and Evaluate. In Key Stage One we look at Christianity, Judaism and a Dharmic religion.
In Year R and in Year 1, children will have opportunities to respond to their experiences of concepts which are common to all people. Through Year 2 the children move on from Concept Group A and have the opportunities to look at Concept Group B, concepts shared by many religions.
Where appropriate we block the RE lessons, usually in the final week of each term however there maybe times in the year when RE is blocked at a different time in the term ie Bread as a Symbol and Thankfulness which are blocked around our Harvest celebration.
In this step the children will attend first to their own experience of a concept through an activity before exploring their own responses in relation to others’ experience.
They will be able to describe their experience in words or through art work. Children should be given opportunities to do this alone and with others.
At the Apply stage children become more aware of others’ responses and might give examples from their own experience of the concept in different situations. The children are still working with familiar ideas and experiences.
During this step the children begin to identify how the concept is used by or is meaningful for people living a religious life. For example, Candlelight as a Symbol, the children explore what a candle flame might mean or symbolise.
Children now move onto specific religious beliefs and explore the concept within Christianity and at our school, Judaism.
In this final step the children answer the question why the concept is important within Christianity and Judaism
Early Years follow Development Matters with the main focus being People in Communities
Teachers use effective assessment for learning across the school to ensure knowledge is gained and skills and concepts are developed. The areas of assessment follow the enquiry skills with each enquiry being a focus for assessment through the year.
By the time our children leave us at the end of Year Two they will be confident in knowing their opinions and beliefs are important and valued as are those of others.
We believe that all our children have the right to
Powerful learning experiences – Feel safe and be happy – Be treated as individuals
We work together to respect
Everyone in our community regardless of difference
We realise that we all have a responsiblity to
Make the best contribution we can