The Purpose Of Religious Education (R.E)
Our vision for R.E is based on the national guidance issued by the R.E Council in 2013 and the Leeds Syllabus for Religious Education 2015 – 2020.
Religious education contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Our world is enriched by a wide and profound diversity of cultures and beliefs. We as human beings are strengthened and empowered by learning from each other. Engaging and stimulating religious education helps to nurture informed and resilient responses to misunderstanding, stereotyping and division. It offers a place of integrity and security within which difficult or ‘risky’ questions can be tackled within a safe but challenging context.
In R.E pupils discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions, in local, national and global contexts, through learning about and from religions and other world views. They learn to appraise the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.
Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and other world views, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. It should develop in pupils an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in society with its diverse understanding of life from religious and other world views.
Pupils should gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. They learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.
In school, the curriculum is based on the Local Agreed Syllabus for Leeds, produced by SACRE for teaching from September 2015.
The syllabus has three aims for pupils:
At Key Stage 1, teaching and learning is focused around Christianity and Islam, alongside understanding of non-religious approaches to life (e.g Humanism).
At Key Stage 2, teaching and learning should is extended to include Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, alongside understanding of non-religious approaches to life (e.g Humanism).
Other faiths will be studied alongside the core religions taught in school to enable pupils to reflect on the diversity of beliefs within our school. Pupils will additionally study Hinduism and Buddhism at secondary level (In Key Stage 3).
To support delivery of the syllabus, we encourage and promote teaching and learning through using ‘Philosophy For Children’ (P4C), also known as a 'Community of Enquiry'. This is a useful way of engaging pupils in their own learning and developing their critical and dialogical skills.
We plan our lessons around the units of work provided to support it. The units covered by each year group are outlined below;
Key Stage One – Christianity, Islam and non-religious approaches
Year 1 - Units of work
1.1 - Why are stories important?
1.2 - Why do we celebrate special occasions?
1.3 – What does it mean to belong to a church or a mosque?
1.4 – Why do we care about people?
Year 2 - Units of work
2.1 - How do Christians and Muslims celebrate new life?
2.2 – How can we make good choices?
2.3 – How and why do people pray?
2.4 – How can we look after our planet?
Key Stage Two – Christianity, Islam and extends to include; Judaism and Sikhism and non-religious approaches
Year 3 - Units of work
3.1 – What does it mean to be a Jew?
3.2 – Who can inspire us?
3.3 – How are beliefs expressed through the arts?
3.4 – What do Christians believe about a good life?
Year 4 - Units of work
4.1 - How are important events remembered in ceremonies?
4.2 – What words of wisdom can guide us?
4.3 – What do creation stories tell us about the world?
4.4 – What faiths make up our community?
Year 5 - Units of work
5.1 – Why are some places and journeys special?
5.2 – What do we know about Islam?
5.3 – Should we forgive others?
5.4 - What matters most to believers?
Year 6 - Units of work
6.1 – What does it mean to be a Sikh?
6.2 – How do Christians express their beliefs?
6.3- What is compassion?
6.4 – How does growing up bring responsibility and commitments?
SMSC in Religious Education (R.E ) - SMSC stands for; spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
The Spiritual aspect of SMSC is embedded in our lessons, with pupils often being given opportunity to reflect on how the things they have learnt can affect and influences their own lives.
Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:
The moral aspect of SMSC asks pupils to consider the moral issues of the topics that are being addressed, such as the role of humans and the environment.
Pupils’ moral development in shown by their:
Within Religious Education pupils are given the opportunity to develop their social skills through debate, speaking and listening, group work and using a variety of modern media. We also reflect on issues of community cohesion and the affect religion has on individuals.
Pupils’ social development is shown by their:
Religion, Morality and Social skills are underpinned by the culture we live in. Within Religious Studies we look at issues of how religious beliefs affects the culture we live in. We also review world faiths and show the importance of the influence of culture and religion often go hand in hand throughout the world.
Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:
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