At Morley Victoria our vision is to develop children's skills of enquiry, reasoned argument and reflection. Religious Education (RE) contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in school by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Our world is enriched by a wide and profound diversity of cultures and beliefs. We as human beings are strengthened and empowered by learning from each other. Engaging and stimulating Religious Education helps to nurture informed and resilient responses to misunderstanding, stereotyping and division. It offers a place of integrity and security within which difficult or ‘risky’ questions can be tackled within a safe but challenging context.
Religious Education is provided by following Believing and Belonging, the agreed syllabus for Religious Education in West Yorkshire. The syllabus requires schools to focus on specific core religions at each key stage: Christianity and Islam from KS1, adding Sikhism and Judaism at KS2 and then Buddhism and Hinduism at KS3. In addition, other (non-religious) world views must be included as part of the curriculum at each key stage. Believing and belonging contains two key elements, first it is about beliefs and values. It aims to develop pupils’ understanding of world faiths and other beliefs, exploring their commonality and diversity. Secondly, it is about ‘belonging’. It aims to nurture pupils’ awareness of the treasury of diversity as well as sensitivity to the questions and challenges that different views and cultures can present. Through the use of the Syllabus, we use RE to enable our pupils to gain insights and knowledge of other religions, faiths, customs and beliefs in order to equip them as responsible members in our society. RE plays an important role in preparing pupils for their future and for lifelong learning.
Aims in the RE curriculum:
There are three broad aims, each subdivided into two areas. A balance of these should be included in any curriculum plan at every key stage. Pupils and students should:
- Investigate the beliefs and practices of religions and other world views;
- Investigate how religions and other world views address questions of meaning, purpose & value;
- Investigate how religions and other world views influence morality, identity and diversity.
An emphasis is given to making work meaningful and adopting a cross-curricular approach wherever possible making particular links to the PSHE curriculum. Religious Education is allocated the equivalent of a session each week, this may be organised differently in each year group and dependent on the curriculum that is being taught. In addition to this, there will be assemblies and class discussions as well as the children being taken on visits to see other places of worship. Visiting groups and workshops also help to provide first-hand learning experiences.