- Religious Education (R.E.) is part of the basic curriculum entitlement for all registered pupils in all schools, including sixth form.
- In Church schools, which are open to pupils of all religious traditions and those of no religious background, R.E. has a central place within a distinctive curriculum and is seen as a core subject.
- R.E. is not the same as religious instruction – it does not seek to impose any one set of beliefs or doctrine.
- R.E. is about developing a religious and theological literacy, so that pupils will be able to engage with some of the big questions of meaning and purpose in life and develop an understanding of what followers of a religion believe and how those beliefs shape the lives of individuals, communities and wider society.
- All schools are required to teach about Christianity, and in Church schools this will be at least two thirds of the RE curriculum.
At Linthwaite Ardron, we use the Dioceses of Leeds and York Diocesan Syllabus for Religious Education. In a Voluntary Aided Church of England School, governors are ultimately responsible for the subject and they must ensure that their Religious Education syllabus and provision is in accordance with ‘the rites, practices and beliefs of the Church of England’ and it is strongly recommend that they are based on this Diocesan syllabus.
How does this support our approach to teaching and learning?
Through this syllabus, Linthwaite Ardron is supported in developing and delivering 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:
- Enable children to 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.
- Enable children to 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.
Teaching and learning in the classroom will encompass all three elements, allowing for overlap between elements as suits the religion, concept and question being explored.
Making Sense of the Text
This includes: identifying and making sense of core religious and non-religious concepts and beliefs; understanding what these beliefs mean within their traditions; recognising how and why sources of authority are used, expressed and interpreted in different ways, and developing skills of interpretation.
Understanding the Impact
This includes: examining how and why people put their beliefs into action in diverse ways, within their everyday lives, within their communities and in the wider world.
This includes: reasoning about, reflecting on, evaluating and connecting the concepts, beliefs and practices studied; allowing pupils to challenge ideas and the ideas to challenge pupils’ thinking; discerning possible connections between these ideas and pupils’ own lives and ways of understanding the world.
These elements set the context for open exploration of religions and beliefs. They offer a structure through which pupils can encounter diverse religious traditions, alongside non-religious worldviews, presenting a broad and flexible strategy that allows for different traditions to be treated with integrity. 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.
At Linthwaite Ardron, we use the Understanding Christianity resource to teach about Christianity in an effective and progressive manner. Please click on the link below to find out more about this resource.
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