The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Religious Education

We aim to promote the moral and spiritual growth of our children in terms of developing awareness of themselves and consideration of others. 

R.E. is taught according to the Kent Agreed Syllabus, which develops knowledge of Christianity whilst raising awareness of other religions. In accordance with county policy, parents do have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons, although we would hope that parents would discuss the matter with the Head Teacher before taking such a step.

Kent Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and Lynsted School

The principal aim of R.E. in the Kent Agreed Syllabus is:

To engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own. 

The principal aim can be seen as three strands:

  1. Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews.
  2. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.
  3. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.

R.E. is an enquiry based learning curriculum, which focuses on:

. Pupils engaging in R.E.

.Pupils exploring questions and answers arising from religion and belief

.Having an impact on pupils’ lives and the lives of others.

What Religions are to be taught?

This agreed syllabus requires that all pupils learn from Christianity in each key stage. In addition, pupils will learn from the principal religions represented in the UK, in line with the law. These are Islam, Hinduism. Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism. Furthermore, children from families where non-religious worldviews are held are represented in almost all of our classrooms. These worldviews, including for example Humanism will also be the focus for Study.

 Religious traditions are to be studied in depth as follows:

Reception - Children will encounter Christianity and other faiths, as part of their growing sense of self, their own community sand their place with in it.

Key Stage 1 - Christians and Muslim or Jewish people

Key Stage 2 - Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Jewish people

 Due to the split Year groups, Lynsted has a two year rolling programme for RE to meet the requirements by the end of Key Stage 2