The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people.
Subject Leader: Jodie Wrench
Religious Education: Intent
Our curriculum is designed to encourage children to respect others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, in order to challenge prejudice; children should gain and deploy the skills needed to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues. Within our teaching of R.E, we seek to engage pupils in discussion, dialogue, and debate to explore how they might contribute to their communities and the wider world. We strive to promote social awareness and understanding whilst enabling them to develop their own ideas, values and identity helping them to flourish within their own communities. We include and promote British values, ensuring that children are aware of their rights and responsibilities as UK citizens. At Orston Primary School, we are mindful that our cohort has below average numbers of children from BAME backgrounds and therefore we strive to ensure that our curriculum is diverse and inclusive.
At Orston Primary School, we provide opportunities to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of world religions and reflect on the challenging questions that it provokes. We aim to provide a curriculum which:
- Encourages children to ask and reflect on challenging questions about religions, respectfully and openly.
- Promotes children to appreciate and respect the different cultures in today’s society including their own community.
- Provides opportunities for personal reflection where children can explore their own beliefs (not necessarily religious) and how they can contribute to their own local communities.
- Develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of different religions and consider how the beliefs of others influences their lives and the lives of others.
- Is rich in creativity using Art, Music, Drama and outdoor learning, allowing children opportunities to learn through creative, motivating and interactive experiences.
- Allows children to be individually reflective if their own beliefs and ideas, strengthening children’s ability to learn and articulate their learning at a deeper level.
- Encourages creativity, imagination, enquiry, debate, discussion and independence in order to develop their love of learning, and understanding of the world they live in.
Religious Education: Implementation
At Orston Primary School we follow the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, ‘RE for All’ 2015-2020 developed by Nottinghamshire County Council as the basis for our curriculum. Having taken into account the requirements and guidelines presented in the Agreed Syllabus, the following religions have been selected for study:
The three fold aims of RE in Nottinghamshire will ensure that our pupils:
- Know and understand a range of religions and worldviews which will allow them to recognise the diversity which exists in our society.
- Can express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and the impact of religions and world views as they develop their own personal views on a range of issues.
- Develop and use skills which will assist them to engage seriously with religions and world views.
We take great pride at Orston Primary school in creating a rich and diverse curriculum; this includes multi-faith enrichment days and trips to places of worship. We have a collection of religious artefacts, allowing children to explore different religions through first hand experiences whilst also receiving visits from local religious leaders. Children are encouraged to discuss their thoughts and ideas through a communal display in school called the ‘reflection tree’ allowing pupils voices to be heard on a particular topic or religious festival. Throughout the year, assemblies are planned to cover festivals and celebrations from a range of different religions and cultures, thus expanding the children’s understanding of their own cultural capital.
Religious Education: Impact
The children at Orston Primary School enjoy learning about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion though creative and imaginative teaching. Through their experiences of different religions, children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. Religious Education is invaluable in an ever-changing world, where children need to be prepared to be informed, respectful members of society who celebrate diversity and strive to understand others.