RE contributes to the aims of the whole school curriculum and has an important part to play as part of a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum to which all pupils are entitled. The teaching of RE is not designed to convert pupils or urge a particular religious belief on pupils.
At Dubmire, we believe that Religious Education plays a pivotal role in educating our pupils and contributes to their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. By giving the children the opportunity to ask and discuss questions, acquire and show empathy, investigate and then reflect we are promoting positive attitudes towards fairness, respect, self-understanding and enquiry.
The skills that RE actively promotes are detailed in the illustration below:
The aims of teaching RE in Dubmire are to:
- Introduce pupils to important concepts in religion.
- Develop skills so that they evaluate what they learn from religion.
- Develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues, with reference to the principal religions represented in Great Britain.
- Encourage and foster positive attitudes that arise from the exploration of religion.
- Enable them to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study.
At present, we are implementing Sunderland’s new agreed syllabus for RE. The syllabus reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian whilst taking account of teaching and practises of other world religions represented in Great Britain. In Key stage 1 the core religions to be studied are Christianity and Buddhism. In year 3 and 4 Christianity and Sikhism are the core religions and Christianity and Islam are the core religions in Year 5 and 6. Within the Foundation Stage, RE makes a significant contribution to the Early Learning Goals.