R.E. lessons within the Oak Tree Federation are intended to offer a broad and rich RE curriculum to allow for a variety of ways to explore religious and non-religious beliefs and how they impact on every-day life for themselves and others. RE lessons provide a high quality, coherent and progressive experience of the subject, with scope for cross-curricular learning. SMSC, personal growth and community cohesion are featured throughout each unit of study and are there to ensure opportunities for children to develop positive attitudes and values and to reflect on and relate learning in RE to their own experiences.
This statememt of intent is supported by the OFSTED Review of RE, May 2021: ‘The evolution of society’s religious and non-religious landscape highlights that it is all the more important for pupils to build up accurate knowledge of the complexity and diversity of global religion and non-religion.’
This statement of intent is also supported by the East Sussex Locally Agreed Syllabus 2022-27:
The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle skills raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
Pupil Voice, Laughton CP School RE Day, 31.1.2023
KS1:- "This is really hard because I didn’t know anything about Jews before I started. First I thought it was a country!" (SH)"Well just think how much you can learn then." (DH)
KS2:- "We’ll never really know if it’s true or not, we can only go by what we read in the Bible." (SR)"Yeah, there’s no right or wrong answer. We just have to find out as much as we can from the Bible and then make up our own minds." (DA)