Religious Education at Priestley
Raising Aspiration, Realising Ambition, Stimulating Curiosity.
At Priestley School, we aim to inspire children’s curiosity when exploring the world around them, in particular the role played by religion across the world and how it impacts on culture and community. The Religious Education curriculum will offer opportunities for equipping the children with the understanding and skills required to be empathetic, considerate learners who can critically evaluate and reflect upon big questions within core theological concepts. Through creative, investigative approaches to teaching, pupils develop knowledge and understanding of major world religions and world views.
The RE curriculum provides opportunities for children to explore the lives of those both within and beyond their own experiences, enabling them to grow as respectful and responsible citizens, as well as connecting the impact that religion has had on Britain’s cultural heritage. RE teaching is underpinned by our school values, as well as the British
values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
Placing learning at the heart of everything we do.
As a school, Religious education is taught through the Cornerstones Love to Celebrate syllabus which provides a wide and exciting framework that is designed to build on pupil’s pervious understandings. It covers a wide range of religions that the children are expected to cover as outlined in the Wiltshire Agreed Religious Education syllabus. Religious Education is taught through two Attainment Targets; AT1: Learning about Religion and AT2: Learning from Religion. Both attainment targets are of equal importance to the teaching of R.E and are inter-dependant. Love to celebrate uses these principles and follows four developmental stages which we also follow for all other topic areas. The children will be able to: -
• Engage actively with their own learning through the provision of exciting hooks.
• Develop the necessary, age-appropriate understanding of religious practices.
• Innovate their own ideas in the light of their previous experiences and learning.
• Express knowledge and skills effectively in a variety of ways.
Priestley and Proud
The impact of RE can be seen in different ways. One would be knowledge. Children will leave Priestley with an in-depth knowledge of other religions setting them up for further exploration of religions in further education. Through teaching a specified curriculum, Priestley aims to foster curiosity about different cultures and allow the children freedom to explore these cultures. The biggest impact RE education aims to have is to develop tolerance, understanding and respect for other cultures and religions in the community, creating tolerant and respectful members of the community.