” Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people”
Religious Education is an important part of a child’s education. It provides pupils with the information they need to understand others’ beliefs, faith, relationships and cultures. The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
At Roskear we follow the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus. It sets out detailed and extensive programmes that will enable pupils to gain a coherent understanding of religions and worldviews, preparing them for life in twenty-first century Britain. It is open, broad and explores religious and non religious views and always encourages pupils to question.
The curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:
1. Make sense of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs:
Identifying and making sense of core religious and non-religious beliefs and concepts; understanding what these beliefs mean within their traditions; recognising how and why sources of authority (such as texts) are used, expressed and interpreted in different ways, and developing skills of interpretation.
2. Understand the impact and significance of religious and non-religious beliefs:
Examining how and why people put their beliefs into action in diverse ways, within their everyday lives, within their communities and in the wider world.
3. Make connections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts, practices and ideas studied:
Evaluating, reflecting on and connecting the beliefs and practices studied; allowing pupils to challenge ideas studied, and the ideas studied to challenge pupils’ thinking; discerning possible connections between these and pupils’ own lives and ways of understanding the world.
What religions are to be taught?
In Reception, children will encounter Christianity and other faiths, as part of their growing sense of self, their own community and their place within it.
In Key stage 1 children will learn about the religious traditions of Christians, Jews and Muslims.
In Key stage 2 children will learn about the religious traditions of Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Jews.
Religious Education is a statutory requirement of the National Curriculum, should you wish to withdraw your child from these lessons you will need to request a meeting with the Headteacher.