At Montrose Primary School we follow the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Leicester and Leicestershire Schools 2019 - 2024. Schools must follow the syllabus agreed by their Local Authority. RE addresses important questions about the meaning and purpose of existence and what is ultimately worthwhile and valuable in life.
These questions are important for all people, whether they are religious or not. Learning about beliefs, values and practices should encourage learners to consider their own beliefs, values and ways of living, so stimulating their personal development. Pupil's education is widened through the study of religious and other belief systems.
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
Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life/͟
͞ll state schools/// must teach religious education to pupils at every key stage/// !ll schools must publish
their curriculum by subject and academic year online/͟
(DfE National Curriculum Framework, July 2013, page 4)
During RE lessons (1 hour p/w), the children will learn about Christianity and at least two of the other principal religions represented in the United Kingdom (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism). This is in line with the law, which states that, religious education should have regard to the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.
The curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:
1. Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that 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.
2. 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.
3. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they can: 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 people͛ lives.
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