Religious Education (RE) makes a significant contribution to pupils’ academic and personal development. At its best, it is intellectually challenging and personally enriching. It helps young people develop beliefs and values, and promotes the virtues of respect and empathy; deepening understanding that religion and belief has a place in the modern world.
At Henbury Court Primary Academy, we deliver RE in line with the Locally Agreed Syllabus. It is based on two Attainment Targets:
Attainment Target 1 – Learning about religions
Attainment Target 2 – Learning from Religion
RE is taught in every year group. The scheme of work fulfills statutory RE requirements and follows Ofsted recommendations. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development opportunities are mapped throughout, and enhances children’s learning, whilst encouraging the celebration of diversity.
It adopts an ‘enquiry’ approach which makes RE exciting and engaging for teachers and children alike. We encourage and develop the children’s own values and beliefs through a range of study and experiences; developing their knowledge, understanding and respect for the five major religious traditions (Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism). It is taught as a lively, active subject through employing a variety of teaching methods, including: art, music, discussion, thinking skills, drama, artefacts, pictures, stories, and periods of stillness and reflection. This enhances critical thinking and evaluation skills, and supports spirituality development.
Where possible, we want our pupils to have opportunities to encounter local faith communities and arrange visits to local places of worship or invite members of local faith communities to the school.
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