At Thurstonland First School Religious Education plays a significant role in developing children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It is neither a core nor a foundation subject; the 1988 Education Act states that ‘Religious Education has equal standing in relation to core subjects of the National Curriculum in that it is compulsory for all registered pupils’. Our curriculum promotes open mindedness and encourages children to be respectful and understanding citizens who are sensitive to the beliefs of others. RE lessons encourage children to explore, engage and reflect on a wide range of religious beliefs and practices. Our Religious Education curriculum supports our school vision ‘Working together to be our BEST’
At Thurstonland First School the teaching of Religious Education:
- supports children in developing their understanding and their ability to hold balanced and informed conversations about beliefs and religions.
- is an essential and central part of all areas of the curriculum, linking SMSC and fundamental British Values.
- is structured for progression, and to allow enquiry based learning.
- allows children to gain knowledge of different religions and world views.
- encourages the development of free thinking, and compassionately aware adults.
We follow the Kirklees RE Agreed Syllabus for the teaching of RE ‘Believing and Belonging’
We encourage and promote teaching and learning through an active approach that encourages the children to reflect on their own views and experiences.
Christianity and other World faiths are studied with an appreciation of differing denominations and global differences. The curriculum is structured to allow opportunities to revisit learning and deepen understanding and thinking over time. Children learn about all faiths and are given opportunities throughout the curriculum to raise questions about faith and the various religions of the world.
The curriculum is designed to develop three key aims.
- Investigate the beliefs and practices of religions and worldviews;
- Investigate how religions and worldviews address questions of meaning, purpose and value;
- Investigate how religions and worldviews influence morality, identity and diversity.
At Thurstonland we see the RE curriculum impacting the children in the following ways:
- extending their knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs
- developing the ability to articulate, discuss and reflect on core theological concepts
- reflecting on questions of meaning, offering their own thoughtful and informed insights into religious and secular world-views
- exploring ultimate questions of beliefs and values in relation to a range of contemporary issues in an ever-changing society
- developing children’s abilities in discussion, reflection and debate.