At Rice Lane we believe that RE should engage children to listen and respect the views of others, understand the importance of equality, be responsible members of the community and recognise what healthy and positive friendships and relationships look like.
Pupils will be encouraged to develop their own personal beliefs and be able to communicate these effectively. The aim of Religious Education is not to make believers out of our pupils but to educate and inform.
We aim to ensure that through teaching RE the children at Rice Lane are:
- Globally Aware
- Community Aware
- Culturally Aware
It is law that we, as a school, provide Religious Education, something that we enthusiastically agree with. The school follows the scheme Discovery RE. The scheme allows pupils to explore themes and concepts within religion drawing on beliefs from a range of different faiths and world views and follows an enquiry-based approach.
Discovery RE is intended to be fully inclusive. Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given new treatment each year, developing the learning in a progressive way. Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are also covered. The scheme is designed in a way to be reflective and inclusive and we hope that this will mean that parents do not feel it necessary to withdraw children from RE. However, it is the right of Parents to request that their child be withdrawn from RE lessons if they so wish and any requests of this nature will be fully respected and adhered to.
Where possible, we try to find links to other subjects to encourage a creative and cross curricular approach. Exploring their ideas, knowledge and understanding from other subjects allows pupils to make links and consolidate their thinking in a creative way. SMSC opportunities are also identified in each enquiry.
The curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals
- identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews
- appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
- Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities
- express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues
- appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion.
- Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively
- enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all
- articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.