"Religious education is learning about different religions and their traditions, practices and beliefs."
Southtown Primary pupils.
We promote the experience of learning about a range of faiths and worldviews which will enable children to develop their understanding and tolerance of others and equip them for an ever changing world. We believe that this is important in developing them as citizens with an awareness of their responsibility towards the community in which they live.
Children are taught a Religious Education (RE) curriculum in a discrete weekly lesson. We use the Emmanuel Religious Education curriculum which has been planned and developed so that children’s knowledge is built upon across the primary age range to enable children to extend and deepen their understanding of a range of faiths as they move through the school. RE teaching enables pupils to explore, discover and question the world around them and develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their beliefs and the beliefs of others in the world in which they live. Children engage in a range of shared experiences over the year, these include visits to and from a range of faith communities, assemblies to celebrate key events and celebrations from the religious calendar, opportunities to explore religious artefacts and carefully planned lessons to engage learners in a variety of faiths and worldviews – many of which are followed within our school or local community.
Children’s RE books show a broad and balanced RE curriculum. Children gain knowledge and skills that will enable them to be ready for the next stage of their education. Children are able to use vocabulary related to RE to explain their learning. Children are able to make links to previous learning in RE.