Religious Education (RE)
In the teaching of RE, Merrow Schools Federation aims to encourage an understanding of the importance of caring and good relationships with others. The Religious Education taught is based on Christian morals and principles and children also learn about a range of world faiths. At the same time pupils are helped to understand the history and culture of other nations and to have an understanding of other religions. The high quality of teaching in RE is in keeping with government requirements, following the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Surrey Schools:
On leaving our schools, a successful learner of this subject will:
- Know the main teaching and beliefs of world religions;
- Show awareness of key non- religious organisations;
- Identify key artefacts from different religions, treating them sensitively;
- Ask challenging questions and reflect on answers given;
- Visit places of worship and interact with members of different faiths;
- Be a tolerant and respectful member of the local community/ society.
Using the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Surrey Schools, the lessons for each year are planned by a person within the year group and lessons are mainly taught by class teachers but in some cases HLTAs teach this subject, using the lesson planned provided (part of a rotational system). The lessons are challenging, encouraging children to ask and answer questions, using a wealth of artefacts to enhance learning with visits to different religious places of worship encouraged.
To note: Jan 2023
The Surrey Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education is currently under review. The planned implementation date of September 2022 has now been pushed back to 1st September 2023, due to the impact of the pandemic on the writing and revision processes, approved by Surrey County Council on 1st February 2022.
In this interim period, Merrow Schools Federation will continue to use the 2017-2022 Surrey Agreed Syllabus for their statutory RE provision for all pupils with the exception of YR who will follow the new units of the RE Syllabus.