We follow the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education which focuses on teachings from and teaching about a range of religions and world views.
“RE explores big questions about life, in order to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion and worldviews, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.” NYCC Agreed Syllabus 2019-2024
RE is taught weekly and focusses on a Big Question. Pupils learn about Christianity in each Key Stage alongside other principle religions and non-religious world views represented in the UK today. Our learning is based around 3 strands of ‘Believing, Expressing, Living’, and the connections between them; encouraging learners to think respectfully about the religions and world-views of themselves and of others.
The curriculum is planned to encourage pupils to question and engage in discussion. Pupils enjoy the opportunity to debate. They value that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and not judged by others. Through the carefully planned scheme, they are introduced to world religions and enjoy comparing beliefs and practices of different faiths. SIAMS (Section 48 Church School) Inspection Report, July 2022
Beliefs and Practices
Children describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals. They identify, investigate and respond to questions about the main religions and worldviews, leading to an appreciation of the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
Sacred Paces & Sacred Times
Children explain their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities. They learn how to express their personal reflections and responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues.
Belonging & Living Well
Children investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth. They discover and discuss what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all. Children articulate clearly beliefs, values and commitments in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.
RE provides opportunity for all children to develop their sense of belonging and identity. Our approach to inclusivity includes maintaining an inclusive learning environment, using multi-sensory approaches, planning support to meet individual needs e.g. pre-teaching vocabulary and managing group work and discussion.