At Summerfield Primary School, we take pride in our commitment to Equality and Diversity. Thus, Religious Education is taught throughout the school in such a way as to not only reflect the aims, values and philosophy of our school but also to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children.
This area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world. We believe that all learners should develop mutual respect and understanding of the many different beliefs and cultures in Birmingham, the UK and the world. The aim of our Religious Education is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of the six major religions: Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Buddhism. Additionally, Religious Education at Summerfield aims to develop lifelong learners with an enthusiasm, curiosity and enjoyment of religious learning and discovery. We believe that all learners should demonstrate respectful behaviour to all which is transferable outside of school in the wider community, in their future jobs and throughout their lives.
At Summerfield Primary School, we follow the Birmingham Agreed Religious Education Syllabus (2007). The key focus in RE is on:
The syllabus encompasses a spiral curriculum of 24 dispositions and a progression of faith knowledge which aim to teach children:
The successful approach at Summerfield Primary results in a fun, engaging, high-quality R.E. education that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world. Our children are lifelong learners who enjoy learning about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to, follow a religion. Religious Education acts as a hub between social aspects of learning. It not only supports children’s knowledge and understanding but it helps them to appreciate and celebrate differences around them. Children demonstrate a positive attitude towards people of any religion and show an understanding of cultural beliefs different to their own. They demonstrate respectful behaviour to all and this is transferable outside of school in the wider community and beyond. As such, Religious Education is invaluable in an ever-changing and diverse world.