Children follow the Leeds Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. We believe it is very important to learn to respect each other’s views and values. We promote the equal value of all religions as well as teaching the children to celebrate cultural diversity.
It is the duty of the Headteacher and Governing Body to ensure that the provision of Religious Education is part of the school’s curriculum. However, parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and should contact the Headteacher if they wish to exercise this right.
An Overview of RE at Tranmere Park Primary School
The syllabus recognises and uses the structure of national guidance published by the RE Council for England and Wales. The syllabus is changed and adapted it to suit our school.
Aims in the RE curriculum
There are three broad aims, each subdivided into two areas. A balance of these are included in the curriculum plan at every key stage. Pupils and students should:
- Investigate the beliefs and practices of religions and other world views;
- Investigate how religions and other world views address questions of meaning, purpose & value;
- Investigate how religions and other world views influence morality, identity and diversity.
Progression in coverage of religions and world views
Our syllabus focuses on specific core religions at each key stage: Christianity and Islam from KS1, adding Sikhism and Judaism at KS2.
In addition, other (non-religious) world views are included as part of the curriculum at each key stage.
- We study aspects of other faiths and world views and know how best to respond to local needs and circumstances.
- We recognise that RE should reflect the huge variety within different religions and the many other faiths and systems of belief beyond the six defined world faiths. RE should challenge stereotypes, not reinforce them.
All pupils are entitled to religious education. We deliver RE with integrity, and is to deliver weekly lessons.
Teaching RE through key questions, enquiry and investigation
Each unit of work focuses around a key question related to the subject content of the syllabus. Enquiry and investigation of the key question should include at least three elements:
- An analysis of the question;
- A critical investigation of relevant beliefs, practices and ways of life;
- A reasoned and critical response.
One of the key roles of RE in school is to support the development of SMSC and Fundamental British Values. We take every opportunity to widen the opportunities for all pupils. This could be by:
- Celebrating a variety of local, national and international festivals e.g. Festivals of light
- Understanding how different people celebrate both religious and non-religious festivals
Aims of Study
A broad and balanced programme of RE will reflect three key areas. They are reflected in the aims here. The Local Agreed Syllabus for RE requires all pupils to:
- Investigate the beliefs and practices of religions and other world views, including:
- Beliefs and authority: core beliefs and concepts; sources of authority including written traditions and leaders;
- Worship and Spirituality: how individuals and communities express belief, commitment and emotion.
- Investigate how religions and other world views address questions of meaning, purpose and value, including:
The nature of religion and belief and its key concepts;
Ultimate Questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth.
Investigate how religions and other world views influence morality, identity and diversity, including:
Moral decisions: teachings of religions and other world views on moral and ethical questions; evaluation, reflection and critical responses;
Identity and Diversity: diversity among and within religions and other world views; individual and community responses to difference and shared human values.
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