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Westmorland Primary School RE Policy

September 2016

 

Westmorland Primary School will follow Stockport’s Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Our policy aims and objectives are based on this syllabus’s requirements.

Staff at Westmorland are committed to delivering high quality, meaningful RE teaching to all children from the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.

The National Curriculum states the legal requirement that:

“Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based, and which:

  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and:
  • Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. “

And:

“All state schools… must teach religious education to pupils at every key stage… All schools must publish their curriculum by subject and academic year online.”

(DfE National Curriculum Framework, September 2013, page 5)

 

Through the teaching of Religious Education staff will actively promote values, including British Values. Following the Stockport Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education means that RE makes a positive contribution to pupils’ learning. Our aim is for knowledge and skills developed by RE to contribute to pupils’ readiness to participate in life in modern, diverse Britain and in a plural world. 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 plural 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.

Principle aim

The principle aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.

 

The aim(s) of RE

The threefold aim of RE elaborates the principle aim.

The curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:

  1. Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so they can:
  • Describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals
  • Identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews
  • Appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning

 

  1. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
  • Explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities
  • Express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues
  • Appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion

 

  1. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they cab:
  • Find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively
  • Enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all
  • Articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.

 

RE lessons will support the whole school ethos to promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Staff at Westmorland Primary School believe that every subject and every teacher have a duty to promote pupils’ SMSC development.

RE and British Values

From September 2014, school inspection in England explores and judges the contribution schools make to actively promoting British Values. RE can make a key educational contribution to pupils’ explorations of British Values, and excellent teaching of RE can enable pupils to learn to think for themselves about them. RE teaching and learning will cover mutual tolerance, respectful attitudes, democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty.

RE teaching is intended to develop these skills:

Investigating

Reflecting

Expressing

Interpreting

Empathising

Applying

Discerning

Analysing

Synthesising

Evaluating

 

RE teaching, at Westmorland Primary School, will also promote and develop attitudes such as respect, care and concern and promote these through all areas of school life. The following attitudes are to be fostered through the agreed syllabus:

Curiosity and wonder

Commitment

Fairness

Respect

Self – understanding

Open mindedness

Critical mindedness

Enquiry

 

RE will be taught through a mixture of weekly RE lessons and RE days ensuring EYFS and KS1 children receive their 35 hours per year and KS2 children receive their 45 hours per year of direct Religious Education training. Continuity will be achieved by teachers planning starts from the agreed syllabus and careful attention is paid to what has been taught before and what is likely to follow. Progression is the development of knowledge and understanding, skills, concepts, and attitudes in a key stage and in relation to precious and subsequent key stages. It is achieved through building on earlier learning.

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