Statement of Intent
At Wincle CE Primary School, we believe that Religious Education is a central subject within our curriculum because, as a church aided school, we believe that our Christian faith underpins and informs all aspects of our life and learning.
The principle aim of Religious Education is to engage pupils in an enquiry approach to learning where they can develop an understanding and appreciation for the expression of beliefs, cultural practices and influence of principle religions and worldviews in the local, national and wider global community.
By personalising our Religious Education curriculum, we help the pupils to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Our pupils understand how belief can be expressed in a variety of ways including art, dance, music, ritual celebration and in different cultural settings. They develop skills of reflection, empathy, communication, analysis, investigation, interpretation, evaluation and synthesis, and alongside this, develop attitudes of respect, sensitivity, open-mindedness and self-esteem.
Key Features of our RE Curriculum
Religious Education is taught through the RE Syllabus for Primary Schools in the Diocese of Chester. As an Aided School with a Christian foundation, in each year there is a focus on Christianity plus the opportunity for pupils to learn about and evaluate their own views on other world religions. RE enables pupils to appreciate their own and others’ beliefs and cultures, helping them to develop a clear understanding of the significance of religion in their own area as well as in the world today.
RE intends to promote religious understanding and respect, and to challenge prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping.
It is concerned with the promotion of each pupil’s self-worth, enabling them to reflect on their uniqueness as human beings, to share their feelings and emotions with others and to appreciate the importance of forming and maintaining positive relationships.
We strongly believe that the purpose of RE is about religious literacy. This means we aim for children to be able to hold a balanced and well-informed conversation about religion and belief. We do this by exploring and asking questions.
❖ The syllabus is based on 11 Christian concepts and a few concepts from 3 other world religions.
❖ Each concept builds progressively from Reception to year six using key questions.
❖The concepts that are linked to the cycle of the Church’s Year are Incarnation, Salvation, Resurrection and Holy Spirit.
In order to successfully achieve our aims, we believe it is appropriate for children to have supervised visits to places of worship of different faiths and also to hear from adherents of those faiths about their beliefs. Such events must always be under the supervision of members of staff ensuring that such events are only to provide information.