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We think that all pupils should have the opportunity to learn about the beliefs and values of the individuals, families and communities linked to Ambler Primary School.

We follow Islington’s Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education which was updated in September 2017 and will last until 2022.  The syllabus provides coverage of all major world religions, as well as non-theistic ethical life stances, including atheism and humanism.

In order to ensure thorough coverage of the curriculum, the subject is taught through termly ‘RE days’ in Years 1 to 6, as follows:

Year Group Autumn Spring Summer
EYFS Which stories are special and why? Which people are special and why? What places are special and why? What times are special and why? Being special: where do we belong? What is special about our world?
Year 1 Who is a Christian and what do they believe? Who is a Muslim and what do they believe? What makes some places sacred? How should we care for others and the world, and why does it matter?
Year 2 Who is Jewish and what do they believe? What does it mean to belong to a faith community? How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times? What does it mean to belong to a faith community? What can we learn from special books?
Year 3 Why do people pray? What do different people believe about God? Why is the Bible so important for Christians today? Why is Jesus inspiring to some people?
Year 4 What does it mean to be a Christian in Britain today? What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today? What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong? Why do some people think that life is a journey and what significant experiences mark this?
Year 5 If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship? What would Jesus do? Can we live by the values of Jesus in the twenty-first century? Why do some people believe God exists?
Year 6 What matters most to Christians and Humanists? What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today? What do religions say to us when life gets hard?

Philosophy for Children at Ambler

Philosophy for Children (P4C) is incorporated across the whole school curriculum and is such an integral part of school life that all of our classes are named after philosophers.

P4C provides an education that emphasises community, communication and intelligent enquiry; it teaches a constructive attitude to all tasks and areas of life and we feel that it provides the foundations that will equip and prepare our students to be empowered, confident and positive citizens of a constantly evolving and ever changing world.

P4C underpins our caring and questioning ethos, where children learn to listen to and respect one another and challenge and explore the beliefs and values of others, as well as developing their own views and making more deliberate and responsible judgements. It encourages children to have an enquiring mind in all that they do and teaches them the more advanced skills needed to succeed as readers and writers, mathematicians and scientists, geographers and historians; such as inference and deductions, and analysing and summarising evidence.

Philosophy for Children results in confident children who are keen to share their ideas, express their beliefs and say what they feel is right. What do our pupils think about P4C?

“In P4C we share ideas in a circle. It helps us to get better at listening to other people. My favourite thing about P4C is sitting in a circle . The thing I’m best at is explaining my ideas back to other people.” – Adam

“I think P4C helps me in SATs because of the skills needed to read and answer the questions. It also helps because you have to learn to make good decisions. P4C is about resilience because you have to wait your turn and respect what other people say. Communication is a huge part of it.

I think it helps us develop in life because the things we talk about makes you more aware of situations around the world. It has helped me be able to generate better ideas and questions and it helps me be more sociable and friendly. We do P4C because it helps us develop at school by giving us a chance to think freely.” – Lewis

Ambler uses The Philosophy Man curriculum, so if you’d like more information please talk to your child about their P4C lessons.


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