At Belgrave, we help children learn from religions as well as about religions. Through the study of Christianity, Judaism, and other major world religions, the children will be encouraged to develop knowledge, understanding and respect for people’s beliefs.
Religious education should enable children to:-
- Develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity, Judaism, and other world religions (in Key Stage Two) including Islam and Hinduism. Develop respect for other people, their beliefs and their lifestyles.
- Reflect upon their own experiences of happiness, fear, anger etc. to help develop their understanding of religion.
- Develop an understanding of religious traditions.
- Look and the world with an inquisitive and unbiased perspective.
Strategies for the teaching of Religious Education to fulfil aims:
- Children will be given the opportunity to encounter religious beliefs and traditions, and respond through open ended and differentiated tasks.
- All children will be encouraged to explore their own beliefs and values.
- Although Religious Education is taught discretely on a weekly basis, cross curricular links are used where appropriate.
Religious Education is taught following the ‘Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2013’. All activities are based around the two attainment targets, AT1 – ‘Encountering Religion (learning about religion)’, and AT2 – ‘Responding to Religion (learning from religion)’ with aspects of the non-statutory QCA scheme being incorporated where applicable.
At Foundation Stage, Religious Education focuses on Christianity, and at KS1 the programme follows Christianity and Judaism.
At KS2 the programme builds on the units on Christianity and Judaism and introduces children to Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism.
Opportunities to encounter religion will be given through reading, listening to stories, discussion, looking at pictures, visiting churches, visitors , handling artefacts, and drama. Responding to religion will be encouraged by sharing thoughts and experiences, by role-play and Art.