At Burradon Community Primary School, the teaching of Religious Education promotes the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of all children as well as giving them a grounding of British Values within our society.
Religious Education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
By equipping children with an understanding of key moral issues and the diversity of different cultures and religions within society, it is hoped that we encourage them to develop their sense of worth, identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their community as well as developing as effective members of a harmonious, multi cultural and tolerant society.
Religious Education therefore has a vital role in preparing our children for adult life, employment and adult learning. Enabling them to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faith and beliefs are different from their own.
At Burradon Community Primary School, Religious Education should enable pupils to:
· Acquire knowledge and develop understanding of Christianity and other
principal religions represented in the United Kingdom, particularly North
· Develop an understanding of the ways in which religious beliefs, faith
and secular views influence the values, practices, attitudes and
behaviour of individuals, communities, societies and cultures.
· Develop the ability to reason and make decisions and judgements
about religions and moral issues, with reference to the teachings of
other principal religions represented in the United Kingdom.
· Address the fundamental questions about life and enable personal
search for meaning and purpose through consideration of the beliefs,
faiths and teachings of the principal religions represented in the United
· Reflect of personal experiences in the light of their study of religion and
develop confidence in their own ability, beliefs and values.
· Develop positive attitudes and acceptance of others who hold different
views and beliefs.
· Develop a sense of belonging and responsibility as a member of a
diverse community, locally, nationally and globally.
· Develop a sense of social action.
· Develop individual identities secure in the knowledge that within Britain
we live by shared values and accept a personal and social
responsibility to respect the differing views of society.
At Burradon Community Primary School we follow 'The Agreed Syllabus for RE in North Tyneside', this is the legal basis for RE in North Tyneside schools.
The Agreed Syllabus for RE lays out very clear and discreet areas of teaching for each phase of learning within Primary School.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
During the EYFS children may:
· Begin to explore the world of religion in terms of special people, stories, times, places and objects and by visiting places of worship;
· Listen to and talk about stories;
· Be introduced to religious words;
· Use their senses in exploring religions and beliefs, practices and forms of expression;
· Reflect on their own feelings and experiences;
· Ask big questions;
· Use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation and wonder of the world in which they live.
At Burradon Community Primary School the children in EYFS begin to learn about Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism. they also celebrate festivals linked to these Religions and Chinese New Year.
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1, children explore Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Children will learn about different beliefs about God and the world around them. They will encounter and respond to a range of stories, artefacts and other religious materials. They learn to recognise that beliefs are expressed in a variety of ways and begin to use specialist vocabulary. They begin to understand the importance and value of religion and belief, especially for other children and their families. Children are encouraged to ask relevant questions and develop a sense of wonder about the world, using their imaginations. They talk about what is important to them and others, valuing themselves, reflecting on their own feelings and experiences and developing a sense of belonging.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2, children will learn about Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. They make connections between the differing aspects of religion and consider the different forms of religious expression. Children will consider the beliefs, teachings, practices and ways of life central to religion. They learn about sacred texts and other sources and consider their meanings. They begin to recognise diversity in religion, learning about similarities and differences both within and between religions and beliefs and the importance of dialogue between them. They extend the range and use of specialist vocabulary. Children recognise the challenges involved in distinguishing between the ideas of right and wrong, and valuing what is good and true. They communicate their ideas, recognising other people’s viewpoints. They consider their own beliefs and values and those of others in light of their learning in religious education.
In addition to this, all children will have the opportunity to experience and explore British Values through everyday activities, events and celebrations.
Please note that due to the Agreed Syllabus for RE in North Tyneside currently being revised, this information will be reviewed and updated during the Summer Term 2020.