The Southwater Junior Academy

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Religious Education

At SJA, Religious Education is taught throughout the school and plays an important role in developing the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Together with PSHE in particular, it promotes social awareness, and respect for and tolerance of others. Alongside the subject’s contribution to pupils’ conceptual, cognitive, and linguistic development, RE offers distinct opportunities to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development. Above all, we aim for our R.E. lessons to be interesting, informative and inclusive, and in order to achieve that goal, RE lessons offer a structured and safe space for reflection, discussion, dialogue, and debate.

We follow the recommendations in the West Sussex Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2020-2025. During KS2, children learn about the key characteristics of Christianity as well as the other principal religions represented in Great Britain, and their significance and influence in Britain as well as globally. Pupils are encouraged to communicate using subject-specific vocabulary, apply their learning, ask questions, share their own ideas, and make connections between the religions and worldviews studied. By the end of KS2, our aim is that all pupils will have sufficiently developed the knowledge and skills to hold informed and balanced conversations about religion and belief, and be ready to build on this during the next stage of their academic journey.