At Lakenham Primary School and Nursery our aim is for pupils to achieve religious literacy to enable our pupils able to hold balanced and well-informed conversations about religion and worldviews. Our teaching of Religious Education is based on the Norfolk agreed syllabus, which places emphasis on pupils’ exploration of meaning, purpose and value in the study of all religions. Through this approach, children are expected to develop their own beliefs, and respect the rights of other people to hold beliefs different to their own. Our aims are for children :-
- To know about and understand a range of religious and non-religious worldviews by learning to see these through theological, philosophical and human/social science lenses.
- To express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religious and non-religious worldviews through a multidisciplinary approach.
- To gain and deploy skills rooted in theology, philosophy and the human/social sciences engaging critically with religious and non-religious worldviews.
The aims of RE are described in the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus. We believe RE is concerned with educating children about religion not about instructing them in a particular faith; the latter is the job of family or faith community.
Norfolk agreed syllabus
Aim 1: The curriculum should enable all children and young people to become successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve well
Aim 2: The curriculum should enable all children and young people to become confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- Religious Education has a significant role in the promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the nature of reality, ethical issues and what it means to be human. Religious Education seeks to enable children and young people to appreciate their own and others’ beliefs and cultures, and how these impact on individuals, communities and society. It seeks to develop children and young peoples’ awareness of themselves and others, offering opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development as well as preparing all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
Aim 3: The curriculum should enable all children and young people to become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society
- Religious Education encourages each child and young person to develop a sense of identity and belonging. It aims to promote religious understanding and respect, to promote understanding between those of faith, and to promote understanding between those who are religious and those who are not. It aims 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.
- Religious Education seeks to enable pupils to learn about the ways different communities, including those of faith, relate to each other and to society as a whole. In addition, Religious Education is committed to exploring the significance of humanity in relation to the environment, and the beliefs people hold about their responsibility towards it.
- Religious Education aims to enable children and young people to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society and global community.