What is Religious Education?
RE is key to helping young people grow up in today’s multi-faith, diverse and connected world. RE at Leven Valley aims to give pupils opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of religion and beliefs and to contribute to the development of their own beliefs and values. Children and young people have an entitlement to receive RE at all Key Stages. Everyone has their unique view of the world and RE is about exploring these views.
How is RE taught?
Using the Cumbria Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education we aim to enable our children to discover more about religion as well as other world views as we assist them to apply their learning to a range of topics. They are encouraged to express ideas and insights into key questions which face all human beings as we travel through life. They will take part in lessons, receive visitors to school sharing a range of religious viewpoints and undertake their own visits to varied places of worship.
Through these experiences they will gain knowledge and insights to help equip them as responsible citizens, ready to contribute positively to our society and the wider world.
RE is taught by a specialist teacher across the whole school from Reception to Year 6.
Lessons take place weekly for at least 1 hour and include plenty of time for discussion and reflection and practical activities to help the children develop their thinking.
Aims for Religious Education
The aims of RE are to enable young people to:
Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals;
- identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and world views;
- appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities;
- express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including spiritual and ethical issues;
- appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion or a worldview.
ENQUIRING AND REFLECTIVE
Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively;
- enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all;
- articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other’s lives.
A Church of England School
As a Church of England School we explore Christianity in every year group. Alongside this we study Islam in every year group and also Buddhism from Year 3 onwards. This allows us to build on children's prior knowledge with progression encouraging deeper thinking. We hope this will result in our children developing strong, balanced beliefs and values which they are confident to express in the wider community.
By following the Agreed Syllabus, RE also contributes to a whole range of school priorities. Study of religious and world views also promotes spiritual, cultural, social and moral development and supports pupils' understanding of British values such as respect and acceptance for others who hold different world views.
We make use of a wide range of resources and materials including these two websites that you might like to look at at home.
BBC Bitesize KS2 Religious Education website