At Edgar Sewter Primary School we use an enquiry-based approach to learning through ‘Discovery RE’. Discovery RE meets the requirements of the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus and covers the world’s main religions of Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism Sikhism and Humanism.
By using an enquiry-based model, children’s critical thinking skills can be developed, their motivation to learn increased, and their knowledge and understanding of, and empathy with people and their beliefs, religious or otherwise, will be enhanced. Our approach adopts the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. RE does not try to persuade but rather inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place.
Through a series of engaging activities, the units allow pupils to explore a variety of key questions, such as, Does God want Christians to look after the world? Would celebrating Diwali at home, and in the community, bring a feeling of belonging to a Hindu child? How far would a Sikh go for his/her religion?
At Edgar Sewter Primary School we have a close connection with Halesworth United Reformed Church. Our close connection allows us to regularly meet to share ‘Open the Book’ assemblies and join together to celebrate festivals such; Harvest, Christmas and Easter.
Ways to help develop RE skills at home: