At Bank End Primary Academy, we believe that it is vital for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. Through Religious Education, pupils develop their knowledge of the world faiths, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs of others. This also contributes to their developing knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes, which are necessary for their self-fulfilment and their development as active and responsible citizens.
We acknowledge our moral responsibility in this role supporting our pupils to develop into rounded individuals capable of understanding different religions in society and varying points of view. We strive to support pupils to leave our school in year 6 being culturally aware of their local community, the region they live in and with wider world religions and beliefs.
We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. Our curriculum is enhanced further with trips to places of worship in our local area. We also welcome guest speakers from different religions and walks of life into our school to allow the children to learn about different faiths first-hand and to build connections.
We believe that RE makes an important contribution to our school’s determination to promote community cohesion. It provides a key context to develop young people’s understanding and appreciation of diversity, to promote shared values and to challenge racism and discrimination. Bank End Primary Academy believes that effective RE will promote community cohesion in the school community, the community within which the school is located, the UK community and the global community’.
Children at Bank End Primary Academy will:
Acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and four other principal religions represented in Great Britain with an addition of Humanist in year 5;
Develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures;
Develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues, with reference to the teachings of the principal religions.
Children will enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by:
Developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences, and of how religious teachings can relate to them;
Responding to such questions with reference to the teachings and practices of religions and other belief systems, relating them to their own understanding and experience;
Reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study;
Develop positive attitudes of respect towards other people who hold views and beliefs different from their own, and towards living in a society of diverse religions;
Section 78 (1) of the 2002 Education Act states that all pupils should follow a balanced and broadly based curriculum which ‘promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, mental and physical development of pupils and of society, and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’. Learning about and from religions and beliefs, through the distinct knowledge, understanding and skills contained in RE within a broadbased curriculum, is essential to achieving these aims.