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Religious Education

Our Intent: Why our Religious Education curriculum looks like this

In line with the DfE advice that, ‘Schools should promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’, we believe that these values are embedded in the ethos of Green Lane Primary Academy.  At Green Lane, we pride ourselves on developing diversity, providing pupils with a range of opportunities to flourish personally in a diverse society.  We believe that diversity is not only what is seen externally but includes personal differences that make us all unique.  A respect for the beliefs of others, knowing right from wrong, participation in social settings and the exploration of cultural influences underpin the life and learning of the children at this school to support them in the development of their self-esteem and confidence for their future lives. 

What are the aims of the Green Lane Curriculum for Religious Education?

Our aim at Green Lane is ‘to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religions and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as developing responses of their own’. (Middlesbrough SACRE Agreed Syllabus) 

The Green Lane Curriculum for Religious Education follows the structure of the Middlesbrough SACRE Agreed Syllabus so that it:

  • makes sense to pupils through a clear structure for learning
  • focuses on core concepts
  • allows pupils to encounter diverse examples of religion and worldviews
  • enables pupils to embed learning in their long-term memory
  • makes space for pupils’ own belief / worldviews
  • encourages pupils’ personal development, applying their learning to living

RE Subject Content

At Green Lane, our RE curriculum develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions and religious traditions.  We pride ourselves on developing diversity, providing pupils with a range of opportunities to flourish personally in a diverse society.  We believe that diversity is not only what is seen externally but includes personal differences that make us unique.  A respect for the beliefs of others, knowing right from wrong, participation in social settings and the exploration of cultural influences underpin the life and learning of the children at this school to support them in the development of their self-esteem and confidence for their future lives.

RE in EYFS

Children in EYFS should encounter religions and worldviews through special people, books, times, places and objects and by visiting places of worship.  They should listen to and talk about stories.  Children can be introduced to subject specific words and use all their senses to explore beliefs, practices and forms of expression.  They ask questions and reflect on their own feelings and experiences.  They use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation of and wonder at the world in which they live.

RE in KS1

Pupils should develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts.  They should use basic subject specific vocabulary.  They should raise questions and begin to express their own views in response to the material they learn about and in response to questions about their ideas.

RE in KS2

Pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts.  They should be introduced to an extended range of sources and subject specific vocabulary.  They should be encouraged to be curious and ask increasingly challenging questions about religion, belief, values and human life.  Pupils should learn to express their own ideas in response to the material they engage with, identifying relevant information, selecting examples and giving reasons to support their ideas and views.

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