Aims of the RE curriculum
Religious education enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. At Grove Street Primary School we develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths. We enable children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions, especially those that are the main faiths of children and staff within our school. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the children learn from religions as well as about religions.
The aims of religious education are to help children:
• develop an awareness of spiritual and moral issues in life experiences;
• develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions and value systems found in Britain;
• develop an understanding of what it means to be committed to a religious tradition;
• be able to reflect on their own experiences and to develop a personal response to the fundamental questions of life;
• develop an understanding of religious traditions and to appreciate the cultural differences in Britain today;
• develop investigative and research skills and to enable them to make reasoned judgements about religious issues;
• have respect for other peoples’ views and to celebrate the diversity in society.
The legal position of Religious Education
The religious education curriculum forms an important part of our school’s spiritual, moral and social teaching. It also promotes education for citizenship. Our school RE curriculum is based on the LEA’s Agreed Syllabus and it meets all the requirements set out in that document. The Education Reform Act 1988 (ERA) states that the RE syllabus should reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, and that it should, at the same time, take account of the teachings and practices of other major religions. This does not include Collective Worship time as this is a separate requirement.
In Key Stage 1 we are required to teach 36 hours per year.
In Key Stage 2 we are required to teach 45 hours per year.
Teaching and Learning
We base our teaching and learning style in RE on the key principle that good teaching in RE allows children both to learn about religious traditions and to reflect on what the religious ideas and concepts mean to them.
Our teaching enables children to extend their own sense of values and promotes their spiritual growth and development. We encourage children to think about their own views and values in relation to the themes and topics studied in the RE curriculum.
Our teaching and learning styles in RE enable children to build on their own experiences and extend their knowledge and understanding of religious traditions. We aim to invite people of different faiths or parents into school to talk to the children about special events / celebrations within their religion.
During the Christmas period, the school will hold their carol service at the local church. This is to accommodate parents and to show understanding of the Christian belief where all faiths are welcomed into the church as visitors, school children and parents not as Worshippers.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
Through teaching religious education in our school, we provide opportunities for spiritual development. Children consider and respond to questions concerning the meaning and purpose of life. We help them to recognise the difference between right and wrong through the study of moral and ethical questions. We enhance their social development by helping them to build a sense of identity in a multicultural society. Children explore issues of religious faith and values and, in so doing, they develop their knowledge and understanding of the cultural context of their own lives.