The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education states;
This Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education aims to ensure that pupils:
• develop deepening knowledge and understanding about a range of religious and non-religious worldviews so that they can:
- describe and explain beliefs and theological concepts
- describe and explain some sources of authority and teachings within and across religious and non-religious traditions
- describe and explain ways in which beliefs are expressed
- know and understand the significance and impact of beliefs and practices on individuals, communities and societies
- connect these together into a coherent framework of beliefs and practices
• gain and deploy deepening understanding of specialist vocabulary and terms
• know and understand about religious diversity within the region, as well as nationally and globally
• know and understand how religion can be defined and what is meant by the term ‘religious and non-religious worldviews’ and with increasing clarity know that these worldviews are complex, diverse and plural
• gain and deploy skills that enable critical thinking and enquiry in relation to the material they study
• reflect on their own thoughts, feelings, experiences, ideas, values and beliefs with increasing discernment
At Hadrian Primary School we follow the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in South Shields. Our curriculum is predominantly Christian in nature with children studying 3 Christian topics per year group. Children will also study other core religions including Sikhism, Judaism and the Hindu religion. To reflect the multicultural diversity of our school we also include at least one Islamic topic per year group.
During the Early Years Foundation Stage RE is usually taught as part of a whole class topic and often relates to special times within the year. Children will be introduced to the idea of special days and festivals within religions and how these are celebrated. They will be introduced to ceremonies that show belonging. They will find out about special places and how they are used for worship. They will handle sacred books appropriately treating them with respect and learning their significance for the faith communities. They will listen to religious stories and begin to use some appropriate religious vocabulary.
Key Stage 1
At KS1 children will take part in enquires, finding out about religious and non-religious beliefs and practices using a variety of sources. They will be introduced to the beliefs and features of a religion and begin to use basic subject specific language. They will listen to and begin to re-tell religious stories. They will be given opportunities to raise questions and express their own views. They will be encouraged to reflect on their own ideas and feelings in relation to their learning.
At this Key Stage children will learn about Christianity / Judaism and Islam. They will be introduced to the beliefs and practices of these religions and investigate their impact.
Key Stage 2
KS2 pupils will build on their learning from the previous key stage. They will extend and deepen their factual knowledge of religious beliefs and practices and continue to develop their range of specific subject vocabulary. They will be encouraged to be curious and ask increasingly challenging questions about religion, beliefs, values and human nature. They will develop their own reasoned opinions on the materials they have studied, identify relevant information and use examples to back up their ideas. They will be encouraged to listen carefully to differing points of view and to be sensitive and respectful of these ideas. As the children progress through the key stage they will develop their confidence in order to investigate and enquire independently using a variety of sources.
By the time our pupils leave Hadrian we would hope that they;
are ready to progress to the next steps in their RE learning journey.
have a knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other core religions studied which can be built upon in KS3.
have a knowledge and understanding of non-religious / secular worldviews.
be able to describe how religious beliefs are expressed.
have a knowledge and understanding of the practices of the regions taught and the significance and impact these have on the believer, the community and societies around the world.
will know that beliefs can affect the values and actions of people.
be able to use an enquiry based approach to their learning; asking challenging questions and debating these drawing on the sources utilized to back up their viewpoints.
be able to consider ultimate questions and issues of truth and meaning in both religious and non-religious terms.
to be able to reflect on their thoughts, feelings and beliefs.
will value diversity and develop respect and tolerance for other faiths and beliefs