Religious Education Curriculum Statement
In line with the 2010 non-statutory guidance for Religious Education in English Schools, Lancashire SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education) promotes, supports and encourages good practice in the teaching of Religious Education (RE). The agreed syllabus aims to ensure that all children:
- Develop understanding of concepts and mastery of skills to make sense of religion and belief, at an appropriate level of challenge for their age.
- Develop positive attitudes and values and to reflect and relate their learning in RE to their own experience.
- Have the opportunity to learn that there are those who do not hold religious beliefs and have their own philosophical perspectives, and subject matter should facilitate integration and promotion of shared values.
At Castle View, we are committed to providing our children with an exciting and positive learning environment, in which they have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of world religions while contributing to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Religious Education taught in our school (according to the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus Religious Education 2016):
- RE will be taught weekly, each half term, planned by the teacher. This will link with key dates and religious festivals, providing opportunities to celebrate festivals and religions with greater relevance and consistency and enhances a cross-curricular approach. Teachers will use quality artefacts, visits and first hand experiences to engage the children and stimulate their interest. Visit to churches, Buddhist centres and mosques are untaken yearly to embed the learning for the children.
- Teaching of RE is open and objective, it does not seek to urge religious beliefs on young people, nor compromise the integrity of their own religious position by promoting one tradition over another.
- Through RE we endeavour to promote a positive attitude toward people, respecting their right to hold different beliefs from their own.
- Children will develop the values and attitudes necessary for citizenship in a multi-faith and multi-racial society through developing understanding of, respect for, and dialogue with people of different beliefs, practices, races and cultures.
- Children will recognises similarities and differences in commitment, self-understanding and the search for truth. Respecting and valuing these for the common good.
- Through linking with partner schools and local religious settings our curriculum promotes community cohesion.
- We recognise and celebrate the range of cultures and diversity of the school through workshops, assemblies, visitors and shared experiences of staff, children and people from the local community.
At Castle View Primary School, we seek to ensure that all children in our school are educated to develop spiritually, academically, emotionally and morally to enable them to better understand themselves and others and to cope with the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of living in a rapidly changing, multicultural world. Regular assemblies and celebrations of work taught and learnt during each year group’s RE week will help to celebrate the diversity of the school community and promote positive images of people in the wider community, including their beliefs, traditions, culture, language and history.