The aim of Religious Education is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Our Religious Education plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHCE, in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our children.
At Silkstone Primary, it has been agreed that having taken into account the requirements and guidelines presented in the Barnsley Agreed Syllabus, we will follow the units of coverage from the Plan Bee whole school scheme of work. We will cover aspects of all six major religions.
There are no presumptions made as to the religious backgrounds and beliefs and values of the children and the staff. We value the religious background of all members of the school community and hope that this will encourage individuals to share their own experiences with others freely. All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links, which are, and can be made between home, school, and wider community. We acknowledge that each religion studied can contribute to the education of all our pupils. We promote teaching in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible for both staff and children. The children visit the local Church and we have Cannon Keith who visits our school throughout the year. We also have visits into school by representatives from different religions. We also aim for our children to visit a synagogue, mandir and mosque as part of the curriculum.
The children at our school enjoy learning about other religions. Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. Through R.E. our children are developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life.