At Newton Primary School our vision is to develop children's skills of enquiry, reasoned argument and reflection. In school, we follow the national guidance issued by the Derby City and Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2020–2025 for teaching our Religious Education.
Religious Education is one of our key drivers for our curriculum. We start with an enquiry question and look at the concepts for this unit of work. We actively encourage children to contribute their own questions, which we hope to answer within the units of work we are covering.
RE at our school is a curriculum driver, giving it a prominent and important role in the lives of all our pupils. We do not intend to educate pupils only for their current life, perhaps in a village, town or city. The purpose of RE includes enabling pupils to be ready to live in a wider world: the region, the nation, the global community.
Based on the Derbyshire and Derby City Agreed Syllabus for RE, pupils learn from religions and world views about different ways of life. They discover, explore and consider many different answers to questions about human identity, meaning and value. They learn to weigh up for themselves the value of wisdom from different communities, to disagree respectfully, to be reasonable in their responses to religions and world views and to respond by expressing insights about their own and others’ lives. They think rigorously, creatively, imaginatively and respectfully about their ideas in relation to religion and world views.
In the EYFS (F2), RE is taught within ‘Understanding of the World’.
The RE topics follow a 2 year cycle to ensure children learn new content, make progress and develop enquiry skills to be able to answer the Key Questions. Where possible, visits are made to places of worship and faith adherents are invited into school to develop the children’s knowledge and empathy.
Our Religious Education Curriculum impacts pupils in the following ways:
- Extends their knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs
- Develops a religious vocabulary and interpret religious symbolism in a variety of forms
- Reflects on questions of meaning, offering their own thoughtful and informed insights into religious and secular world-views
- Explores ultimate questions of beliefs and values in relation to a range of contemporary issues in an ever-changing society
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, understand and apply skills related to attainment targets and learning themes embedded with in the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus for RE.