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Religious Education

“Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness”

- Ola Johnson

 

 

 

1. Rationale/Introduction

1.1 Religious Education is concerned to enable pupils to become aware of religious aspects of life and to give them some knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other major world faiths. The content is concerned with the beliefs and religious practices of people and what these can mean for these people as they live out their lives. It aims to develop skills and some understanding of religious ideas. Religious Education is also concerned with the search for meaning and purpose in life both by believers and by the pupils themselves.

 

2.  Aims and Objectives   

2.1 Develop pupils’ awareness of the religious aspects of life;

2.2 Give pupils some knowledge and understanding of the major world religions;

2.3 Help pupils recognise people behave in certain ways because of the beliefs they hold;

2.4 Allow them to explore their own feelings, experiences and emotions as they explore some of the puzzling questions of life;

2.5 Encourage pupils to have respect for others with different beliefs, practices and ways of living.

 

3. Strategies/Implementation  

3.1 The school curriculum is organised in relation to the needs of the National Curriculum. There will be, however, a cross-curricular approach to Religious Education allowing each subject area to make a significant contribution.

RE is locally determined, not nationally:

A locally agreed syllabus is a statutory syllabus of RE prepared by a local Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE).  At Lickhill we have adopted the Worcestershire Syllabus.

 

Legal Requirements:

RE is for all pupils:

RE must be provided for all registered pupils in state-funded schools in England unless withdrawn by their parents. Currently in the UK, parents still have the right to withdraw their children from RE on the grounds that they wish to provide their own religious education   It is recognised however as a necessary part of a ‘broad and balanced curriculum’.

This requirement does not apply for children below compulsory school age (although there are many examples of good practice of RE in nursery classes).

 

 

 

It is at the school’s discretion whether this is delivered as a weekly subject or as a together as a topic over a few days.

 

Overview of coverage at Lickhill Primary School:

EYFS

Children will encounter Christianity and other faiths as part of their growing sense of self, their own community and their place within it.

5-7

Christian, Muslims/Jewish people

7-11

Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Jewish People

 

 

 

 

3.2 EYFS links :-

  • Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.
  • They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this.
  • They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

3.3 Equal opportunities and SEND Children will have access to learning opportunities and pre-teaching of specialist vocabulary opportunities to make the learning real in order to relate to similarities and differences.

 

Learning and Teaching

  • The contribution Religious Education makes to pupils’ growth and maturity will be recognised through the variety of teaching strategies adopted;
  • Pupils will be encouraged to reflect on what and how they learn through the use of open questions;
  • Stories and story-telling will form an important part of Religious Education;
  • Pupils will develop skills in using artefacts and pictures as a source of information about religions;
  • At KS2 pupils will begin to explore religious topics in a structured way;
  • Pupils will have the opportunity to go on visits to places of worship and members of different faiths will be invited into the school.
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