Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. Religious Education (RE) is an important subject in itself, developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society.
Our vision for Religious Education at Repton Manor Primary School
Our aim for Religious Education is to learn about, and to learn from, different religions and beliefs. We want children to know that their own belief systems and those of others are valued and respected. We encourage children to share their knowledge and experience with others. This gives them the opportunity to to develop their own ideas, values and identities.
How do we teach RE?
At Repton Manor Primary School, we follow the Discovery RE programme. This enquiry-based approach allows children’s critical thinking skills to be developed and their motivation to learn to be increased. As our children investigate different questions, they develop a greater knowledge, understanding and empathy towards people and their beliefs, religious or otherwise. This approach takes very seriously the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. RE does not try to persuade, but rather to inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place.
Our RE curriculum provides a safe environment for all children, irrespective of background or beliefs, to:
- Explore other people’s views and practices.
- Ask questions.
- Speak and be listened to.
- Develop tolerance, respect, empathy and inquisitiveness about our multi-cultural and religiously diverse wider society in line with our whole school sharing of British values.
We teach Christianity in every year group and another five world faiths: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, alongside an understanding of non-religious approaches to life.
The statutory requirement is for 1 hour per week of RE teaching time which may be taught flexibly through weekly lessons, topics, assemblies, blocked pieces of work to fit with our school curriculum and our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development, as well as key dates and celebrations. Lessons may feature written work, discussion, research, stories, role play and artwork and are accessible to all children.
Visitors and visits to places of worship are an important and enjoyable way of finding out what other people believe and they are arranged when possible. We have strong links with our local community and we welcome visits into school from the Vineyard Church.
In line with the requirements of the law, parents or carers have a right to withdraw their child(ren) from both RE and / or the daily act of collective worship. Whilst legally, parents don’t have to give a reason for the withdrawal, we hope that it would be the beginning of a discussion with the Head Teacher as to how this issue can be resolved.
For more information about RE at Repton Manor, please contact our RE Leader, Tara Deacy.
Curriculum Group: The Humanities
We inspire children to have an ongoing and growing curiosity to develop an understanding of our world and what shapes it.
Through The Humanities curriculum we:
- Ignite a desire to enquire through memorable experiences.
- Foster mutual respect and tolerance of people, places and perceptions.
- Inspire critical thinking to question and challenge.