It is important that all children have an understanding of the world and the different beliefs within it. At Southern Road our children come from a range of different religious backgrounds and it is important that they have a good understanding of their peers’ religious beliefs as well as their own. Our school has a strong ethos actively supporting the children to strive for their best, be resilient, take pride in their work and in turn be successful. Through a positive caring environment, we embrace all religious values to help ensure all children are ready for their next steps. The importance placed on the development of the whole child spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually is reflected in the Religious Education (RE) curriculum. The children are able to celebrate and embrace their faith and the different religions.
The RE programme is locally agreed for by the Local Authority (LA). The document in which the LA has set out the RE programme for which we use is called the ‘Local agreed syllabus for Religious Education’. This explores the different religious stories and key teachings of each of these religions. As part of the National Curriculum we also teach children about world faiths and perspectives. During their R.E lessons children develop their knowledge of the different religious Holy Books such as the Torah, Bible, Quran, Bhagvad Gita, Guru Granth Sahib and the Tipitaka.
Collective Worship is part of our school life. We have daily assemblies and children are encouraged to participate. The whole school also celebrates special services such as Harvest Festival, Eid, Diwali and Easter. At Christmas the KS1 children partake in an end of term performance. Throughout the year we also have Faith in Schools who come into school to teach the children about exploring beliefs and celebrating diversity. Various trips also take place throughout the year as the children visit different places of worship for example a Church, Mosque, Gurdwara Synagogue, the Hindu Temple and the Buddhist Temple.
At Southern Road we use a variety of resources to allow the children gain a deeper understanding such as:
- Different religious Artefacts
- Online resources
- External visitors of different faiths
- Children and staff sharing their knowledge
- Class assemblies
- Collective worship
Overview of RE