Our vision: Learning together we will all be exceptional at understanding and respecting one another!
At Sunnyhill we want our pupils to consider and respond to questions related to their own spiritual development, whilst understanding and respecting the religious beliefs and traditions that influence individuals, societies, communities and cultures within the local community and throughout the world.
We want Sunnyhill pupils to:
develop an understanding and awareness of the principle religions represented in Great Britain (Christianity, Sikhism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism).
develop a positive attitude towards other people, respecting their right to hold different beliefs from their own
learn from experts
uphold British Values including mutual respect for, and tolerance of, those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith
make comparisons between different religions
reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences
We aim to promote the spiritual and moral development of pupils in order for them to develop their own views as they move into adult life.
How RE is taught at Sunnyhill:
In the Early Years, Religious Education forms part of the Understanding the World: People and Communities strand of learning. The children are encouraged to talk about their own home and community life, and to find out about other children’s experiences. They are given opportunities to develop positive relationships with community members who visit the setting, such as speakers from different faiths. The children are encouraged to recognise and describe special times or events for family and friends, with a particular emphasis on religious celebrations throughout the year.
From Year 1, we use the PlanBee primary resources to deliver an exciting and challenging RE curriculum, giving pupils time and space to share views and feelings and to discuss issues raised in the light of beliefs of the religions studied.
Visits to places of worship
Each year, classes visit a place of worship, in order to reinforce learning undertaken in the classroom. This is a key opportunity for building understanding of the role that religion and belief plays in the lives of individuals and communities.
It is important that the pupils are introduced to the sacred objects of each faith. A resource box for each religion is available to class teachers. Each box contains a variety of resources ranging from religious artefacts, non-fiction books and videos to photo-copiables and teacher information packs.
We encourage both the children and parents to participate in sharing their knowledge, views and feelings about their own culture/religion. We recognise that the experiences at home can be used to enhance learning in school.