Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement
Through the teaching of Religious Education (RE), we aim to give our children:
- the knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and other world views
- the opportunity to develop their own ideas, values and identities.
Our RE curriculum provides a safe environment for all children, irrespective of background or beliefs, to:
- explore other people’s views and practices
- ask questions
- speak and be listened to
- develop tolerance, respect, empathy and inquisitiveness about our multi-cultural and religiously diverse wider society in line with our whole school sharing of British values.
All schools are required by law to teach RE at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and at Rufford Park we follow the Leeds Agreed Syllabus 2019 (Believing and Belonging).
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To achieve a broad and balanced curriculum, the syllabus is built around three aims. RE should ensure that all pupils:
- Investigate the beliefs and practices of religions and other world views.
- Investigate how religions and other world views address questions of meaning, purpose and value.
- Investigate how religions and other world views influence morality, identity and diversity.
We teach Christianity in every year group and another five world faiths: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism alongside an understanding of non-religious approaches to life.
The statutory requirement is for 1 hour per week of RE teaching time which may be taught flexibly through weekly lessons, topics, assemblies, blocked pieces of work to fit with our school curriculum and our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development, as well as key dates and celebrations. Lessons may feature written work, discussion, research, stories, role play and artwork and are accessible to all children.
Visits to places of worship are an important and enjoyable way of finding out what other people believe and are arranged for each year group. We have strong links with our local community and welcome visits into school from St John’s Church and the ‘Open the Book’ group.
As a result of our thought provoking and informative teaching of RE, children at our school reflect on their own experiences and beliefs while making links to those of others. They develop understanding and respect for how other people live and what joins us with people in our community and the wider world.