Religious education is an entitlement for all pupils and its place in the school curriculum is an acknowledgement of the important role that prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in modern Britain, learning about the impact of different beliefs and values in people’s lives, regardless of particular religious commitments.
It is also an acknowledgement that religious beliefs and practices play a key part in the lives of many people worldwide today, as they have done throughout history. Religious education offers pupils an opportunity to develop a better understanding of themselves, the people around them and the world in which they live.
Religious Education is taught at Charsfield CofE Primary School in line with the requirements of the relevant Education Acts. These are that:
- The basic curriculum must include religious education provision for all pupils on the school roll
- The content of religious education must reflect the fact that religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other religious traditions represented in Great Britain
- Religious education must be provided according to Suffolk Agreed Syllabus 2012
The religious education programme seeks to be sensitive to the home background of each child; it is not the function of religious education to promote or disparage religious beliefs.
The Aims of Religious Education at Charsfield CofE Primary School
- To enable each child to explore the human experiences people share and the questions of meaning and purpose which arise from those experiences
- To enable pupils to know about and understand the beliefs and practices of some of the great religions of the world, particularly those represented in Suffolk and the UK. Among these, CHRISTIANITY has a particular place and it is taught in each year of the primary phase
- To promote respect, sensitivity and cultural awareness by teaching about the religions represented in the region and the country
- To affirm each child in his/her own family tradition, religious or secular
- To provide opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The Suffolk Agreed Syllabus gives more details of the importance of religious education in the curriculum and selects two main aims for its programmes of study and attainment targets: ‘learning about religion and belief’ and ‘learning from religion and belief’.
At Charsfield CofE Primary School we deliver the agreed syllabus through The Emmanuel Project. This explores different themes within the different religions starting with the individual and then broadening out to individuals within faith groups and then the wider community.
Below are the descriptors of the knowledge and understanding that we would like the children to have at the end of each phase of their learning, for each religion.
Attached are the overviews for each key stage showing how different faith groups are explored using key themes, and a little bit more information about each of the religions within the Emmanuel Project.