In Religious Education we aim to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage our children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions, explore different religious beliefs, values and traditions and develop a more rigorous understanding of the numerous religious traditions, beliefs and practices that are followed in our multi-cultural society.
We plan using the Trafford’s Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and the curriculum encourages a spiritual, moral, social and cultural growth. This develops skills and attitudes so that children can explore wider issues of religion and belief whilst learning about Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Humanism. They not only learn about the main beliefs and practices in these religions, but reflect on what they have in common and the moral and spiritual issues that are raised in each of these faiths. Children are encouraged to reflect on their own lives and how spiritual approaches might assist them and others.
Beginning in EYFS, children are taught about traditions, beliefs and world views within and outside of their own experience. They explore other cultures and practices in the wider world.
In KS1, children are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through religion and belief as well as wider learning themes. They are introduced to Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism through studying topics such as religious buildings, holy books and faith communities. They are encouraged to reflect on prior learning as they progress through topics.
In KS2, pupils are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through deeper enquiry into known religions and in Year 6, encounter secular world views. Children in Year 5 and 6 consider the impact of beliefs and practices in greater detail and respond to more philosophical questions.
Through the teaching of Religious Education we aim to enable our pupils to combat prejudice, preparing them for adult life, employment and lifelong learning