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Religious Education

RE curriculum Intent statement

At Chevening our Religious education curriculum (RE) has an important role in reflecting the Christian character and vision of our school.

Our RE curriculum is designed to give children a broad and enlightened view of beliefs of different faiths, teaching them about acceptance and tolerance through a range of activities. This teaching helps the children to focus on their own spiritual understanding and awareness of religion as part of their culture and identity. We want our children to grow not only in awareness of their own faith, but in respectful awareness of the other faiths within the global community. Our children are given opportunities to question and consider different viewpoints, thus developing understanding and insight into experiences that differ or are similar to their own. We intend for our children to leave Chevening as religiously literate about Christianity and informed and respectful about other faiths.

At Chevening, we follow the Rochester diocese: Understanding Christianity curriculum which encourages an enquiry based approach for children to explore their faith and the connections that can be made between theological concepts in the Bible and their daily lives. This curriculum is not limited to the study of Christian text as we also study the faiths of Judaism, Islam, Buddhism,
Hinduism and Sikhism. Lessons allow the children to explore their own British values as well as the values of the people they will meet, work and live alongside in their future lives.

Our school values are integral to our spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) curriculum, RE curriculum and Christian development. From our daily Acts of Worship through playtime and lesson time, we are guided by the values of: love, compassion, faith, honesty, courage, perseverance, forgiveness and respect. Children and adults alike search for these values in themselves and others and look for ways that these can be further expressed in their lives. Our aim for our children is to help them develop into courageous advocates of their faith and belief, ready to search out opportunities to take a role in local and global communities.