We have a carefully planned curriculum that covers the teaching of a range of religions and non-religious world views. We use Believing and Belonging (the agreed syllabus for West Yorkshire) and also the Understanding Christianity materials to support the teaching of Christianity.
Believing and Belonging is used to ensure that children are given opportunities to explore a wide range of different religions and non-religious world views throughout their time in Primary School.
Understanding Christianity is based upon seven core Christian concepts. Children will explore the different concepts in a range of inspiring activities as they move through the school, starting in Foundation Stage and developing a great depth of understanding by the time they reach Year 6.
By using Believing and Belonging alongside Understanding Christianity alongside each other, we are ensuring children are given the opportunity to become religiously literate.
As a church school Christianity forms at least 50% of our teaching. However, it is vital to us that all our pupils know and understand about all faiths, races and cultures with respect so they are able to express ideas and insights. Therefore the teaching of other faiths is imperative to contribute to the development of their own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values.
It is through using Believing and Belonging and the Understanding Christianity materials alongside each other that we are providing children with a holistic and balanced RE curriculum. We use a variety of teaching methods including art, music, discussion, the development of thinking skills, drama, the use of artefacts, pictures, stories, and the use of reflection.
Pupils will engage in an RE curriculum that will equip them with the knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and other world views, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. Pupils will leave our school with an awareness and appreciation of other religions, the ability to participate positively in our diverse society and to respect the cultures and beliefs of others.