At Orgill Primary School we aim to ensure that Religious Education will:
Provoke challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development.
Encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses. This also builds resilience to anti-democratic or extremist narratives.
Enable pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their community and as citizens in a diverse society.
Teach pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice.
Prompt pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their community and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.
Develop a sense of awe and wonder and mystery.
The school’s approach to teaching R.E
R.E has an important part to play as part of a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum to which all pupils are entitled. High quality learning experiences in RE are designed and provided by careful planning through the use of the Cumbria Agreed Syllabus for RE and the Religious Education Challenge Curriculum.
In order to make Religious Education a lively, active subject, we employ a variety of teaching methods including art, music, discussion, the development of thinking skills, drama, the use of artefacts, pictures, stories and the use of periods of stillness and reflection. Where possible, we want our pupils to have opportunities to encounter local faith communities through visits to local places of worship or visits from members of local faith communities.