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Religious Studies (RS) should make a major contribution to the education of children and young people. At its best, it is intellectually challenging and personally enriching. It helps young people develop beliefs and values, and promotes the virtues of respect and empathy, which are important in our diverse society. It fosters civilised debate and reasoned argument, and helps pupils to understand the place of religion and belief in the modern world. Religious Education Realising the Potential - Ofsted 2013

Through Religious Studies (RS) we will help children to develop an understanding of faith, through awareness of world religions and with particular focus to Christianity and Buddhism. We help pupils to enhance their spiritual, moral, cultural and social development by understanding their own beliefs and then the beliefs of others. We encourage pupils to discuss their own experiences of culture and religion and reflect upon them in a sensitive manner. Pupils are given opportunities to explore religious artefacts and where possible visit places of worship. Children are also encouraged to identify, value and celebrate similarities and differences within the chosen World Religions.

Statutory Framework for The Early Years Foundation Stage




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In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) children are given a range of opportunities to consider other cultures and communities. Children are encouraged to make links between the beliefs and values of other cultures and their own. This then gives them a greater insight into their own feelings and beliefs. These opportunities help them achieve Understanding of the World, People and Communities and the World

For the older children in the school we follow the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus.

Children in Key Stage One have the opportunity to:

  • acquire knowledge and understanding of religions in Cornwall in the present day
  • acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain
  • develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures
  • develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about issues arising from the study of religions
  • reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences as part of their study.

In Year One Children learn about and through Christianity.

In Year Two the children further develop understanding and knowledge of Christianity and also begin to compare this to Buddhism.

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