Religious Education in our schools fulfils the legal requirements of the Education Reform Act (E.R.A.) 1988 which applies equally to both Community and Methodist Voluntary Controlled Church schools. It is taught in accordance with the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus.
In the Foundation Stage children are made aware that more than one faith tradition exists. At Key Stage 1 children also learn about Islam. At Key Stage 2 children also learn about Islam and Hinduism.
There is a dedicated Religious Education lesson for all children each week which is in line with the recommended curriculum time for Religious Education, i.e. an average of 45 minutes per week at KS1 and one hour per week at KS2.
We believe Religious Education should develop an awareness, knowledge and understanding of the spiritual experiences of life. Whilst much of this will be through the Christian faith, the beliefs, practices and traditions of other major faiths will be taken account of and treated with respect.
Throughout all key stages we work :
- To foster children’s feelings of awe and wonder, delight and mystery: to help them face and learn from experiences, which they may encounter such as birth, family celebrations, fear, and death.
- To develop children’s understanding that life is a series of significant stages and recognise that special days and times are celebrated in life and religion
- To introduce children to the lives of key figures in different faith traditions and to people who have responded to their teaching
- To recognise that belief in God and practising a religion is very special to many people
- To give children the language and experiences, which will help them to develop religious concepts and understanding of religious beliefs held by other people
- To familiarise children with sacred books, writings and stories and enable them to respond using a variety of forms of representation
- To stimulate in children a curiosity about and a search for knowledge about worship, festivals and other expressions of religious practice
- To develop skills in children – such as ICT, music and art and design, so that they are able to respond to religious ideas which have been transmitted in such forms and, where appropriate, express their own feelings
- To help children develop the confidence to express their own beliefs and feelings about religion and show respect to those of others
- To take part in some short periods of quietness and stillness and reflect upon themselves, others and the natural world
We use the religious education progression grid (link below) to support planning and assessment of this subject.
For more information about religious education, please contact our subject leader, Mrs Clare Bastow.