At Thomas Harding we believe that Religious Education promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs and encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. The principle aim of RE is to engage pupils in an enquiry approach where they can develop an understanding and appreciation for the expression of beliefs, cultural practices and influence of principle religions and worldviews in the local, national and wider global community.
Our RE curriculum exposes children to a wider range of religions and it reflects the children in our school community. The sequencing of learning means that pupils are able to revisit religions in different contexts and embed their learning, through a variety of stimulating lessons. RE helps pupils (and the school as a whole) to reflect on the ways in which beliefs influence the way people live their lives
Thomas Harding Junior School teaches RE from the Bucks Agreed Syllabus 2016-2021, which was created in conjunction with Bucks SACRE (School Advisory Council for Religious Education). The main focus of our RE curriculum is Christianity with Hinduism, Judaism and Islam being studied thematically in Years 3 to 6.
Experiences and enrichment opportunities at Thomas Harding Junior School
exploring scared texts
using drama to express feelings and ideas
responding to images, games, stories, art, music and dance
meeting visitors from local religious communities
making visits to religious places of worship where possible, and where not, making use of videos and the internet
taking part in whole school events- (multi-faith days, Harvest Festival, school performances)
participating in moments of quiet reflection
participating in assemblies
using research to further explore religion and belief globally
comparing religions and worldviews through discussion
debating and communicating religious belief, worldviews and philosophical ideas and answering and asking ultimate questions posed by these
By the time our children leave Thomas Harding Junior school they will: