At Hunmanby Primary School we believe that it is important for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. The aim of Religious Education in our school is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Religion plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHCE, in promoting social awareness and understanding in our children. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. Our curriculum is designed to encourage creativity, imagination, enquiry, debate, discussion and independence.
What do we teach? What does this look like >
We use the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and the accompanying scheme of work to provide content for our RE curriculum. Lessons are planned to offer a broad range of study that provides structure and narrative and builds on prior knowledge throughout the school.
In Early Years Foundation Stage RE is incorporated within the areas of Personal ,Social and Emotional Development and also Knowledge of the World. Children encounter Christianity and other faiths , as part of their growing sense of self, family, community and their place within it. They explore similarities and differences, celebrations and traditions . They are given opportunities to develop their moral and cultural awareness.
In KS1, children continue to build on their knowledge of Christianity and either Jewish people or Muslims, focusing on celebrations and rituals.
In KS2, we offer a wider range of learning opportunities about the world’s religions including deeper understanding of the origin of those religions and their key stories and teachings. We focus on Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Jewish people , as well as other religious and non religious world views.
Throughout all key stages, emphasis on personal growth and community cohesion is evident, allowing for personal development for the children. Each unit overview outlines the development of knowledge and skills. As well as unit overviews, end of unit assessments are available to support teachers in making sure children have reached the intended outcomes.
In addition to the programme of study above, at we aim to develop RE further through Experiences and Opportunities and Cross Curricular Links including;
- Anti Bullying week
- Assemblies with guest speakers. including from our local church.
- Visits to places of worship
- Celebrating and learning about religious events throughout the year such as Chinese New Year, Diwali and Christmas
- Promoting Fundamental British Values.
Pupils will work towards achieving the progression statements in the Agreed Syllabus. Assessment is ongoing and at the end of each unit. The schools Curricullum Maestro tool will allow for impact to be detailed and available . By the time the children leave our school they will have enjoyed learning about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion. Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world, developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life.