The aim of RE at Shakespeare Primary School is for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. We encourage an enquiry-based attitude to learning in RE following the Lancashire agreed syllabus. At the heart of Lancashire's syllabus is the quest to understand what it is to be human. It is our intention that learning about and from religion we can become more open minded, respectful and achieve greater self-awareness. The skills and attitudes developed though RE can thus make a significant contribution to promoting British Values and developing community cohesion.
We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and so whilst learning about what other people believe they can reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. To try to achieve this we start each lesson with an enquiry question. At the end of what they are taught they are encouraged to reflect on what this means to others and to themselves (SPM). We incorporate Lancashire and SACRE’s headings into our planning:
LRT (Living religious traditions)
B+V (Beliefs and Values)
SHE (shared human experience)
SPM (search for Personal meaning)
Experiences and enrichment opportunities at Shakespeare Primary School
- handling artefacts
- exploring scared texts
- using imaginative play or drama to express feelings and ideas
- responding to images, games, stories, art, music and dance
- meeting visitors from local religious communities
- making visits to religious places of worship where possible, and where not, making use of videos and the internet
- taking part in whole school events- (e.g. Easter service, Harvest Festival, school performances)
- participating in moments of quiet reflection
- comparing religions and worldviews through discussion
- debating and communicating religious belief, worldviews and philosophical ideas and answering and asking ultimate questions posed by these.
The impact of RE should be seen :
- in children’s attitude to each other and to those of other religions.
- the way they show respect of people’s beliefs that are different to their own.
- by developing an enquiring mind, asking questions, wanting to find out about other people’s beliefs.
As a result of asking questions they should show an understanding of why people have their beliefs. They should have a greater sense of what it means to be human. They will be able to question their own understanding of the world and find out what is important to them in their own life.