“Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.”
Religious Education offers rich experiences with opportunities for our children to develop their own beliefs, values and ideals. We sensitively study and explore world religions and foster a respect for all people, their beliefs, cultures and lifestyles through the Lancashire Scheme of Work (Warrington agreed syllabus). Through the uses of distinctive language, listening and empathy, RE develops pupils' skills of enquiry and response. RE encourages pupils to reflect on, analyse and evaluate their beliefs, values and practices and communicate their responses. RE does not seek to urge religious beliefs on pupils by promoting one religion over another.
What is the principle aim for RE in Lancashire?
'To support pupils' personal search for meaning by engaging enquiry into the question "what is it to be human?" - exploring answers offered by religion and belief.'
How does this syllabus address pupils’ needs?
This Agreed Syllabus seeks to support children and young people in reflecting upon, developing and affirming their own beliefs, values and attitudes through the exploration of shared human experience and of the place and significance of religion in the contemporary world.
- Allows children to reflect on the values of the school and consider their importance;
- Foster a sense of community in the school;
- Shape our approach to others;
- Consider and reflect on common issues, concerns or interests;
- Help children explore their own as well as other’s beliefs.
Collective Worship can be done in assembly time or within the classroom, through either sharing a text or poem with the children, a prayer or circle time, allowing the children to discuss and reflect on themselves and others around them.
"I learnt that Harvest is important because Christians celebrate the food that is grown and food is important, as many people in the world don't have enough."
"We made Harvest themed 'star bakes'. Our year made a cake that had a garden theme that represented the crops successfully harvested. We loved designing and making the cake, but we loved eating it even more!"
"We collected lots of donations for St Josephs, which I learned was very important, as it is important to help people who may not be as lucky as I am."
RE in Chapelford:
"I enjoy learning about what other people believe in the world and learning about what is important to them."
"I like my RE lessons because we get to learn what others think but we also get to share our ideas and think about what is important in our lives."
"RE is good because we get to do lots of fun activities like looking after jelly babies to learn about vulnerability or eating Easter eggs to learn about Jesus being resurrected."