“I believe that religious education must be the sole concern of religious associations.”

Gandhi

At Hempland, we teach RE in an exciting, stimulating, inspiring and enjoyable way. Our children learn about and understand a range of religious and non-religious worldviews. They have the opportunity to explore a variety of important questions and issues and, in turn, begin to consider their own thoughts and ideas about the world they are growing into.

What RE looks like at Hempland

  • At Hempland we follow the City of York agreed syllabus.
  • Specific religions are taught at each Key Stage, as specified in the York agreed syllabus.
  • We teach a minimum of three Key Question units in every year group.
  • A wide range of opportunities are provided for visitors from faith communities to come into school to talk to the children, and for the children to visit places of worship in the local community.

How we entwine RE with our Hempland school values

Respect

Children learn that not everyone has the same religious or spiritual beliefs. Learning about what different people believe helps our children to understand and respect all cultures and religions.

Opportunity

Children have the opportunity to meet people from different religions. They explore religious artefacts and learn about religious and non-religious world views in a variety of ways. For example, through art, music and drama as well as through discussion.

Ambition

Our teaching of RE helps build young people’s understanding and appreciation of different beliefs, practices and religions and how these relate to the modern world. It promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and enables our children to flourish as citizens in a pluralistic and global community.

Resilience

Children are given the opportunity to ask questions, enquire and reflect on religious and non-religious world views. They learn that people have different cultures, beliefs and opinions and that this is respected and accepted by everyone within our school.

How we know our RE curriculum is successful

  • Children will be able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and the wider world.
  • Children will enjoy learning about different religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion.