What is taught?
At Toft Hill Primary, we recognise the importance of RE as a way of contributing to pupil’s education by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
We follow the Durham Agreed Syllabus for RE, which aims to ensure that all children:
· develop deepening knowledge and understanding about a range of religious and non-religious worldviews so that they can:
. describe and explain beliefs and theological concepts
. describe and explain some sources of authority and teachings within and across religious and non-religious traditions
. describe and explain ways in which beliefs are expressed
. know and understand the significance and impact of beliefs and practices on individuals, communities and societies
. connect these together into a coherent framework of beliefs and practices
· gain and deploy deepening understanding of specialist vocabulary and terms
· know and understand about religious diversity within the region, as well as nationally and globally
· know and understand how religion can be defined and what is meant by the term “religious and non-religious worldviews” and with increasing clarity know that these worldviews are complex, diverse and plural
· gain and deploy skills that enable critical thinking and enquiry in relation to the material they study
· reflect on their own thoughts, feelings, experiences, ideas, values and beliefs
How is RE taught?
When teaching RE, we see it as essential that children have a clear balance of knowledge and understanding about a particular range of religious and non- religious worldviews as well as having opportunities to personally reflect giving their own views and feelings. As part of our RE teaching it is important that children are able to think about wider questions, developing their critical thinking, and debate their views and opinions.
RE is delivered in a weekly timetabled session. In KS2 this is primarily delivered by the RE subject lead.
Why is RE taught in this way?
The RE curriculum is taught according to the Durham Agreed Syllabus and allows children time to gain an understanding about religious and non-religious worldviews. RE lessons at Toft Hill Primary provide our children with opportunities to reflect on their own thoughts, feelings, experiences and ideas. Teaching encourages children to think about the values and beliefs of others and develop their own curiosity and to ask questions.