The Religious Education at Dulwich Village C of E Infants' School is an integral and vital element to the curriculum. It is best summarised through the words from the Southwark Diocese Board of Education:"Religious Education (RE) is not just an academic subject, but, lies at the very heart of the curriculum and has an important role in reflecting and conveying the distinctively Christian character of the school.
RE enables pupils to think theologically and explore the great questions of life and death, meaning and purpose; reflect critically on the truth claims of Christian belief; see how the truth of Christianity is relevant today and face the challenge of Jesus' teaching in a pluralist and post modern society; experience the breadth and variety of the Christian community and become active citizens, serving their neighbour.
In our school we want RE to enable pupils to:
- develop a strong foundation of the Christian faith through knowledge and understanding that includes Christian Beliefs and Values, The Bible, Old Testament Characters, the Life and Teachings of Jesus, Prayer and Worship, Saints, The Local Church, The Christian Community, Living out the Faith, Rites of Passage and Christian Festivals;
- apply an understanding of Christianity to make reasoned and informed responses to life issues and moral choices;
- develop some knowledge and understanding of other main world faiths represented in the United Kingdom, applying an understanding of religion to develop respect, empathy and sensitivity towards all people;
- enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development;
- develop the ability to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences and communicate issues of faith and truth;
- develop skills of critical analysis and evaluation and the promotion of understanding of people from different faith backgrounds and none.”
At Dulwich Village C of E Infants' School RE is taught through discreet lessons for all three year groups. The curriculum consists of two strands:
- Learning about Religion
- Learning from Religion.
Each half term a different aspect of R.E. is covered in each year group and we use the Southwark Diocese Board of Education's scheme of work to develop the children's learning. Where possible we link these themes to other learning in the curriculum for example, in Reception, the Creation theme is linked to the Farm topic. R.E. is taught through the use of role play, reflection, art and music as well as creative writing and discussion.
The topics covered every half term are as follows:
Autumn 1 – Who made the wonderful world?
Autumn 2 – Why is Christmas special for Christians?
Spring 1 – Why do Christians believe that Jesus is special?
Spring 2 – What is Easter?
Summer 1 – Who cares for this special world and why?
Summer 2 – How did Jesus rescue people?
Autumn 1 – Why do Christians make and keep promises before God?
Autumn 2 – a) Why are saints important to Christianity? b) Nativity characters: Which character are you? Why are you important?
Spring 1 – What is it like to live as a Jew?
Spring 2 – a) What are God's rules for living? b) Why is Easter the most important festival for Christians?
Summer 1 - What responsibility has God given people for taking care of creation?
Summer 2 – What does it mean to be a Muslim?
Autumn 1 - Why are they having a Jewish party?
Autumn 2 – a) What is the story of Noah really about? b) Where is the light of Christmas?
Spring 1 –Why did Jesus teach the Lord's prayer as the way to pray?
Spring 2 – a) Who is St Barnabas and why is he important? b) How do Easter symbols help us to understand the true meaning of Easter?
Summer 1 – What are the five pillars of Islam and why are they important to Muslims?
Summer 2 –What values do Christians take on their journey of life?
In our school we are learning these songs: