Religious Education

 

William Reynolds Primary School and Nursery is a learning community, working in an atmosphere of care, trust and respect, where staff and children feel nurtured, valued and supported by one another.

At William Reynolds Primary School and Nursery, Religious Education (RE) makes a distinctive contribution to the school curriculum. RE develops learners’ knowledge and understanding of and their ability to respond to, Christianity, other principal world religions and world views. By exploring issues within and across faiths, children learn to understand and respect different religions, beliefs and traditions and their influence on individuals, societies, communities and cultures. Through RE we also encourage children to consider challenging questions of meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Children are encouraged to value their own opinions, whilst developing respect and sensitivity for the views of others. We believe that RE provides an opportunity to celebrate and develop awareness of differences within our school and the wider world.

Aims

RE helps to develop successful learners by asking life’s largest questions and presenting interesting, important conceptual challenges to pupils. Learning about religion and learning from religion has the capacity to motivate and empower pupils, enabling them to enjoy and value learning.

The aims of teaching RE in our school are to enable children to:

  • Acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religions in the United Kingdom and in particular of the faiths represented in our local community
  • Develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures from the local to the global
  • Develop investigative and research skills to enable reasoned judgements about religious issues
  • Enhance their own spiritual, moral, cultural and social development by:

a) Reflecting on their own experiences and to develop a personal response to the fundamental questions of life, and how religious beliefs and practices can relate to them

b) Expressing their own personal viewpoints in a thoughtful, reasoned and considerate way

  • Develop a positive attitude towards other people who hold religious beliefs different form their own, and towards living in a society of diverse religions and beliefs

Key Skills to be developed

We place emphasis on active and engaging learning in RE providing a rich and exciting range of opportunities to develop learning and thinking skills as an integral part of teaching and learning.

“Leaders and staff provide a curriculum that is broad, balanced and interesting, and suited to the needs of the local community. Leaders’ meticulous planning of the curriculum also ensures that provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength of the school. Pupils are taught about a wide range of faiths and cultures and this helps them to develop a high level of acceptance and understanding about diversity within the community.”

Ofsted July 2017