In school we follow the Milton Keynes syllabus for teaching Religious Education.
In Nursery and Reception, Religious Education is taught throughout the year. We encourage families to share their own traditions, festivals and experiences and we learn about these in school. We use photos, stories and resources to let children explore and learn about these special times in the school year. Children begin to recognise that different families have different traditions, festivals and beliefs.
In Key Stage 1 Religious Education is taught in half-termly units. The children primarily learn about Christianity and Judaism, however we also look for opportunities to learn about festivals/traditions from different faiths if they are celebrated by children within our school. When teaching Religious Education we use stories, photos, artefacts and resources. We also sometimes invite parents/ visitors into talk to the children about their own experiences. When children leave our school we hope they will have a good understanding that lots of families choose to belong to a faith. The children understand that different families may visit a place which is special to them and they may celebrate different festivals or have different traditions.
Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural Education (SMSC)
SMSC is a very important part of every child’s education. It is taught all through their school day, from the moment they are greeted at the school door, through their lessons, during playtime and lunchtimes to the moment they leave us at the end of the school day. All members of staff support children with SMSC.
Each class contributes to an enrichment book. This shows lots of ways in which we demonstrate SMSC taking place in class. Photos, drawings, writing, quotes from children and staff are included which show events/ activities the children have been doing. Children talk enthusiastically about these books and will always be to recall the learning which has been taking place.