At Linthwaite Ardron, Religious Education (RE) is an essential part of our rich and broad curriculum and is quite rightly the entitlement of every child. We believe that high quality RE equips the children for life, by helping them to engage in balanced and informed conversations about religion and belief, which touch areas of everyday life on a personal, local and global level. It also enables them to develop critical analytical skills alongside religious and theological literacy, as well as supporting the thoughtful and reflective development of pupils’ own beliefs and values.
At the heart of RE in our school is the teaching of Christianity, rooted in the person and work of Jesus Christ within the wider context of the story of God’s relationship with humanity as set out in the Bible. In addition to this, we encourage learning about a range of religions and world views, fostering respect and understanding and enabling tolerance whilst embracing a differing stance.
Religious Education is not religious instruction, rather it is a highly valued academic subject that allows all of our children to develop religious and theological literacy through investigation of religious and non-religious beliefs, practices and values as well as considering philosophical approaches to life’s questions and the broader role of religion in society.
Our curriculum enables all of the children to have confidence in who they are and what they believe and to engage in meaningful and informed dialogue with those of different beliefs is essential for equipping pupils to live in a diverse and ever changing world.
As a Voluntary Aided School, we use the Dioceses of Leeds and York Agreed Syllabus, which has been developed with national leaders in RE, based on current approaches and philosophy of best practice in education. It is designed to meet the expectations set out in the ‘Religious Education in Church of England Schools: A Statement of Entitlement’ (2016). This syllabus promotes broad and rich learning in RE through three core elements:
- Making sense of belief
- Understanding the impact
- Making connections
These elements offer a route through each unit while also allowing for a range of questions reflecting approaches from religious studies, theology, ethics, sociology and philosophy.
Through this syllabus, we strive to deliver excellence in R.E. It sets out an approach to teaching and learning, supporting teachers to help children encounter core concepts in religions and beliefs in a coherent way, developing their understanding and their ability to hold balanced and informed conversations about religions and beliefs. It is underpinned by three core elements, which are woven together to provide breadth and balance within teaching and learning about religions and beliefs, thus supporting the aims of RE outlined below.
By the time children leave our school, we ensure that:
- Children know about and understand Christianity as a living faith that influences the lives of people worldwide and as the religion that has most shaped British culture and heritage.
- They know and understand about other major world religions and non-religious worldviews, their impact on society, culture and the wider world, enabling them to express ideas and insights.
- Contribute to the development of the children’s own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values.
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