As a school we follow the revised syllabus for religious education (RE) for schools in Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford.
RE is taught as a RE week once a term. RE is also covered in assemblies, visits to places of worship and through a school nativity production. Children begin to learn about RE in EYFS thinking about which stories and places are special and why. They also think about where we belong and why our world in special. Years 1 -6 concentrate on questions relating to: believing in Term 1 A; expressing in Term A2 and living in Term 3 B. The Agreed Syllabus for RE enables pupils to explore Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism, alongside Christianity, as well as considering non-religious world views e.g. Humanism.
Religions are sequenced as Christianity in Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6. Islam Y2, Y3, Y5, Y6. Hinduism Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6 and Judaism Y2, Y5, Y6. Non-religious world views are explored in Y4, Y5 and Y6.
Each year group answer one key question per half term. RE explores questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, enabling children to make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
The three key themes; believing, expressing and living are revisited throughout each year group with prior knowledge and skills revisited and built on as children progress through the school.
RE allows pupils’ the ability to engage with ideas about British values, such as tolerance and respect for people who hold varied beliefs and world views. RE contributes to pupils’ readiness to participate in life in modern, diverse Britain. Good RE is never coercive: this area of learning is not about making pupils into believers but tries to help them become literate and articulate about religions and beliefs, and to be thoughtful members of a society, so that in learning from religion they are able to make informed choices about how they want to live their lives whilst also understanding more about the faith of other people they meet.
Nursery and reception do not follow the RE week per half term but will encounter religions and worldviews through special people, books, times, places and objects and by visiting places of worship. They will listen to and talk about stories with religious links. KS1 and KS2 then develop the three concepts whilst exploring Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism, alongside Christianity, as well as considering non-religious world views e.g. Humanism.
Our children enjoy learning about other religions and why people choose to follow religion or choose not to follow a religion. Imam (Year 4) said “I like RE a lot because you can learn a lot about other religions.”
Through learning RE children can make links to their own lives and the lives of others in their community and the wider world.