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Religious Education

 

Rationale:

 

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.

 

RE 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. In RE pupils learn about religious and non-religious worldviews in order to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to interpret, analyse, evaluate and critically respond to the claims that religious and non-religious worldviews make. Pupils learn to express their insights and to agree or disagree respectfully. Teaching therefore equips pupils with the knowledge and understanding of what is meant by the term's 'religion' and 'worldview' as well as systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religious and non-religious worldviews. teaching enables pupils to appreciate that worldviews are complex, diverse and plural and have influence on individuals, communities, societies and cultures.

 

RE offers opportunities for personal reflection and pupil's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development as it encourages pupils to examine the significance of their learning in relation to themselves and others. It enables pupils to explore their own beliefs (religious or non-religious), ideas, feelings, experiences and values in the light of what they learn. RE encourages empathy and respect. It enables pupils to develop their own sense of identity and belonging. it also promotes respect for the right of others to hold different beliefs, values and ideas.

 

RE should develop in pupils an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society with its diverse religious and non-religious worldviews. RE enables pupils to have an informed understanding of political, social and moral issues that they will need to face as they grow up in a globalised world. it helps pupils deal positively with controversial issues, to manage strongly held differences of belief and to challenge stereotypes and prejudice. RE is central to good local, national and global citizenship and makes a significant contribution to the active promotion of mutual respect and tolerance of others faiths and beliefs, a fundamental British value. It prepares pupils for life in modern Britain.

 

Teaching RE at Burradon Community Primary School promotes openness, respect for others, scholarly accuracy and critical enquiry.

 

Intent:

 

At Burradon Community Primary School, Religious Education aims to ensure that pupils:

 

· Develop deepening knowledge and understanding about a range of religious and               non-religious worldviews so that they can:

-describe and explain beliefs and theological concepts

-describe and explain some sources of authority and teachings within and across religious and non-religious traditions

-describe and explain ways in which beliefs are expressed

-know and understand the significance and impact of beliefs and practices on individuals, communities and societies

-connect these together into a coherent framework of beliefs and practices

 

· Gain and deploy deepening understanding of specialist vocabulary and terms

 

· Know and understand about religious diversity within the region, as well as nationally and globally

 

· Know and understand how religion can be defined and what is meant by the term 'religious' and 'non-religious' worldviews and with increasing clarity know that these worldviews are complex, diverse and plural

 

· Gain and deploy skills that enable critical thinking and enquiry in relation to the material they study

 

· Reflect on their thoughts, feelings, experiences, ideas, values and beliefs with increasing discernment

 

Implementation: Teaching and Learning

 

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 will use the themes of 'Special' and 'Belonging' to explore religion. Children explore these themes through topics such as special times, special objects, special people, special books, how we show belonging, the natural world, new life, new places and story. 

 

By providing opportunities for RE across EYFS, it allows KS1 to successfully build upon this.

 

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 and Buddhism. Children will learn about different beliefs and practices and their impact. In addition, pupils will be introduced to the diverse religious and    non-religious landscape in the local area. 

 

Pupils will be given opportunities to raise questions and express their views simply as well as reflecting on their own ideas and feelings in relation to their learning.

 

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2, children will learn about Christianity, Hinduism and Judaism. They will learn the different beliefs and practices and the impact of these for individuals and communities. In addition, pupils will learn about the religious and non-religious landscape across the region, including a special study of a local Muslim community. Similarities and differences will be explored between another religious and non-religious worldview.

 

Pupils will develop the capacity to form their own reasoned opinions, identifying relevant information and using examples to back up their ideas. They develop the capacity to listen to differing points of view and see the world through the eyes of others. 

 

Pupils will be given the opportunity to reflect on their own feelings, experiences, ideas, beliefs and values in reference to the religious material studied.

 

In addition to this, all children will have the opportunity to experience and explore British Values through everyday activities, events and celebrations.

 

Look what we have been doing in RE...

Religious Education Coverage 2021-2022


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