We believe that R.E. both supports and strengthens what we aim to do in every aspect of school life. Our caring ethos and the value which we place on the development of the whole child; spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually, is reflected in the R.E. curriculum.
At Stockton Wood Primary School, we aim to achieve high quality R.E. for all pupils.
R.E. teaching provides pupils with a systematic knowledge and understanding about Christianity, principal religions and other world religions so they can engage in life in an increasingly diverse society.
‘RE explores big questions about life, in order to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion and worldviews, and reflect on their own ideas and ways of living.’ (Liverpool RE Syllabus)
• know, understand and explore the significance and impact of sacred texts, other sources of wisdom and ways of expressing meaning,
• express ideas and insights about the nature of beliefs, values and practices and their impact upon the identity of individuals and communities,
• recognise and explore the diversity which exists within and between religious traditions,
• express with increasing discernment their personal reflections, critical responses and connections to faith and belief enquiring into philosophical, moral and ethical issues,
• engage with the questions and answers offered by religions and worldviews concerning ultimate questions and human responsibility,
• develop the skills required to engage with others in dialogue and to cooperate in society with respect and compassion.
At Stockton Wood Primary School we follow the Liverpool Agreed Syllabus.
We use a combination of teaching R.E. through celebration of special days of the different world faiths and as a discrete subject.
From Reception classes to Year 6 pupils:
• follow a coherent and systematic study of the principal religion of Christianity across each key stage,
• are introduced to the other five principal religions represented in Great Britain by the end of key stage 2.
Throughout K.S.1 and K.S.2, children visit a variety of places of worship and have the opportunity to talk to and listening to, people from a variety of faith groups who live in the wider community.
Visits to places of worship and visitors relate to the key questions from the Liverpool Agreed Syllabus, taking place in the following year groups
Year 1 – Visit Local Anglican Church
Year 2 – Visit from a practising Muslim
Visit to a synagogue
Year 3 – Visit from local Vicar
Year 4 – Visit from a practising Hindu
Year 5 – Visit to local Mosque
Year 6 – Visit from a practising Buddhist
In Reception, six key questions are addressed each year.
Which stories are special and why? Which people are special and why? Which places are special and why?
Which times are special and why? Where do we belong? What is special about our world?
RE sits very firmly within the areas of personal, social and emotional development and understanding the world. They will begin to understand and value the differences of individuals and groups within their own immediate community. Children will have opportunity to develop their emerging moral and cultural awareness.
Foundation Stage also mark multi-faith celebrations with the whole school.
The children at our school are able to enjoy learning about other religions and exploring the big questions about life, death and everything in between.
We widen the children’s learning, celebrate diversity and promote community cohesion through an understanding of all faiths.
Policy for Religious Education
Liverpool Agreed Syllabus
Key Questions Overview