“RE provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self, the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human… RE develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal religions, other religious traditions and world views that offer answers to the questions above… RE offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It encourages pupils to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or not) in the light of what they learn… RE encourages respect for all, including those with differing faiths and beliefs.”
(Agreed Syllabus 2012 p4)
Religious Education is a legal requirement and our pupils are entitled to be taught according to a locally agreed syllabus. RE is a component of the basic curriculum and is taught alongside the National Curriculum.
“The Education Act 1996 states that the Agreed Syllabus must reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teachings and practices of other principal religions represented in Great Britain. It must be non-denominational and must not be designed to convert pupils or to urge a particular religion or religious belief on pupils. Teaching about denominations is not prohibited”
(Agreed Syllabus 2012 p3)
At Catchgate Primary School Religious Education is taught according to the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Durham, which was last revised in May 2012.
The importance of Religious Education
“RE helps to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. Through RE pupils can develop skills e.g. discernment, critical thinking and reasoning. RE gives opportunities for pupils to listen to others, hear and analyse conflicting viewpoints and develop empathy and respect. “
(Agreed Syllabus 2012 p4).
At Catchgate we aim to;
· encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals,
· help children be respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world,,
· nurture our children on their journey through adult life so they can grow into caring, responsible adults who make a positive difference to the world.
Organisation of Religious education
At Catchgate Primary School, RE is usually taught as a discrete subject, usually on a weekly basis, however where links can be clearly made it may be additionally addressed on a cross-curricular basis or as a part of lessons in other curriculum areas. We follow the recommendation of 5% curriculum time for RE which is approx 36 hours in KS1 and 45 hours in KS2. The allocation of time includes both discrete and cross-curricular teaching.
Assessment of Religious Education
At Catchgate Primary School, the children are assessed at either working below expectation, meeting expectation or working above expectation. This falls in line with the Durham agreed syllabus for Religious Education.
As part of working towards being a Rights Respecting Level 1 school. The RE policy links to the following articles.
The convention applies to every child without discrimination, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status, whatever they think or day, whatever their family background.
Goals of education
Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
Children from minority or indigenous groups
Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, whether or not these are shared by the majority of people in the country where they live.
Leisure, play and culture
Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.
Useful Websites for RE