St. Mark’s Church of England Primary School uses the 'Discovery' scheme of work to enhance Religious Education (RE) learning which is adapted to reflect the religious representation of our community. We are excited to be introducing the resource 'Understanding Christianity' which was commissioned by the Church of England to work alongside 'Discovery'.
Religious Education (RE) is regarded as a Core subject at St Mark's, alongside English, Maths and Science.
Four of the principal religions in Britain are taught by the end of KS2. These are Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism with the greater emphasis and time allocation on Christianity.
At St. Mark’s the agreed main aims of RE are:
Learning is enhanced by regular curriculum visits e.g. Bournemouth Reform Synagogue, Bournemouth Islamic Centre and St Mark’s Church. Recommended visitors are used to explore faiths and world views in more depth. For example, the Vicar and Children’s worker, speakers from religious Charities and speakers from Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim communities.
We do respect parents' rights to withdraw their child from RE and worship; this is always through open discussion with parents.
We have re-mapped our whole school RE curriculum for 2018-19. Please see below: