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Religious Education (RE)

RE Intent

 

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.

 

 

RE Implementation

 

At Summerfield Primary School, we follow the Birmingham Agreed Religious Education Syllabus (2007). The key focus in RE is on:

  • learning from religion
  • learning about religious traditions

The syllabus encompasses a spiral curriculum of 24 dispositions and a progression of faith knowledge which aim to teach children:

  • the principal religions represented in Great Britain;
  • to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour;
  • to develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues;
  • to enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

 

As Islam is the predominant religion in the school’s pupil population, Islam is the chosen faith for Progressed Study.

 

There are no presumptions made as to the religious backgrounds, values and beliefs of the children and the staff. We value the religious background of all members of the school community and encourage individuals to share their own experiences. All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links which are made between home, school and a faith community. We acknowledge that each religion studied can contribute to the education of all our pupils. We promote discussion based lessons in Religious Education that focus on sharing experiences and ideas. Through this, each class has a Religious Education floor book. This is a collaborative resource where children’s ideas and learning are gathered together to create a class ethos. The learning for each lesson is shared through photographs, post it notes and other creative methods. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and are given opportunities to share their experiences. Teachers create a positive attitude to Religious Education learning in their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in Religious Education.

RE Intent

 

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.

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