Religious Education

Religious Education

We are an Aided Primary Academy with a Christian foundation and, as such, Christianity forms the basis of all the teaching in the school and how we treat each other. We currently follow the Church of England Manchester Diocese syllabus.

Aims of RE subject

High quality Religious Education will develop:

  • Knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions;
  • An understanding of what it means to be committed to a religious tradition and to appreciate the cultural differences;
  • An awareness of spiritual and moral issues in life experiences;
  • Awareness of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences and how religious teaching relates to them;
  • And contribute to the pupils’ search for meaning.

 

Teaching and Learning

Religious Education will be taught and learned as a discreet, timetabled subject. However, it is not an isolated area but must be seen in the context of the whole curriculum. The Manchester Diocesan syllabus provides a continuous and progressive outline for the development of Religious Education through the school from Reception to Year 6. Within this framework the teaching of Religious Education is supported by topic themes specified for each year group and ensures effective coverage of all areas and concepts.

As a Christian school Christianity forms the main body of study within the RE curriculum, however we believe that it is important for all children to learn about a range of different faiths. To this effect children will learn about one other world faith at key stage 1 and two other world faiths at key stage 2.

The Spiritual and Moral development of a child is difficult to assess but the written/theoretical side of RE is more straightforward. The class teacher will use assessment strategies throughout the topic to ascertain the children’s learning and modify future sessions to ensure progress is made by all. In addition at the end of a topic the teacher will also note any children who have either exceeded or fallen short of both the AT1 and AT2 attainment expectations – learning about, and learning from religion.

Visits to places of worship are encouraged, including those of different faiths so that the children can gain a greater understanding of faith and culture. Speakers are also welcomed into our school as a further source of information appropriate to the development of the RE curriculum.

Inclusion

We live in a multi-cultural, multi-racial society and encourage the respect and understanding of other religions and cultures within the community in which we live. We intend to follow Jesus’ example to love and serve one another so that all may be included, regardless of race & culture. We believe that all children irrespective of race, ability and gender should have equal access to the RE curriculum. Children with special educational needs will work on the same content but there will be appropriate differentiation where required.

Inspection of Religious Education

As an aided church school RE is not inspected in the usual way by Ofsted but is instead subjected to a separate SIAMS inspection. Information on our latest Section 48 inspection can be found on the National Society website.

Right to withdrawal

The recent Education Acts establish the parent’s right to withdraw their children from Religious Education if they wish. However, by the fact that the parents have opted to send their children to a church school it is hoped that this will not be necessary.