What does RE look like at Heckmondwike Primary?
At Heckmondwike Primary, we believe that understanding one another’s religion is imperative for our pupils. The world we live in is richly diverse in cultures and beliefs and we as human beings are strengthened and empowered by learning from each other through learning about experiences that are different from our own. We hope to prepare pupils for later life, helping them to make a positive contribution to our world.
Our curriculum for RE is based on the agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Calderdale, Kirklees and Leeds (2019-2024). This syllabus is called “Believing and Belonging” and includes two key elements. Firstly, it is about beliefs and values which aim to develop pupils’ understanding of world faiths and other beliefs, exploring their similarities and differences in a multicultural world. Secondly, it is about ‘belonging’. Our Syllabus covers the six major religions of: Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism and through Years 1-6, religions are taught in sufficient depth and sequenced to help the children secure long-term understanding.
In our RE lessons, pupils learn about: what people believe; how people show their beliefs in their daily lives; and, how people explain what they believe & understand using symbols & stories. This helps our pupils to: make sense of who they are and learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts. They learn to discover, explore and consider different answers to the ‘big’ questions. They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.
As a school we recognise the diversity of the UK and the importance of learning about its religions and worldviews, including those with a significant local presence. We ensure that our children learn about religions and beliefs practiced in our local community, as well as those that are practised in the wider community and around the world. We believe that the teaching of RE should equip pupils with knowledge and understanding of religions and other world views, enabling them to develop their ideas and values and explore differences respectfully. We understand that it is our responsibility to teach our pupils to acknowledge that others hold beliefs different to their own, provide opportunities to allow them to build on their spiritual awareness and to appreciate diversity; thus preparing them for adult life. At Heckmondwike Primary School, Islam is the predominant faith, followed by the vast majority (94%) of our pupils, with just a handful being Catholic, Christian or Hindu. The teaching of RE in our school equips our pupils with knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. It develops an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society, with its diverse religions and worldviews and are able to articulate their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences, clearly and coherently, while respecting the right of others to differ. Through learning to problem solve and evaluate and build on their thinking skills and reflect upon this, children become respectful citizens in today’s world.
At Heckmondwike Primary, our school values of Partnership, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Excellence are at the heart of all that we do. Our world needs young people who are sufficiently confident in their own beliefs and values that they can respect the religious and cultural differences of others, and contribute to a cohesive and compassionate society. Our RE curriculum offers opportunities to promote our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and our lessons offer a structured and safe space for reflection, discussion, dialogue and debate. We recognise that RE contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. We encourage and allow for timely and sensitive responses to be made to unforeseen events of a religious, moral or philosophical nature, whether local, national or global.
RE curriculum on Balance
At Heckmondwike Primary School we use a school improvement toolkit called Perspective Balance, where the curriculum contenet for every subject is kept. Please click here to see the RE curriculum in Balance.
Please click on the links below to see what new learning will be taking place each half term. Often there will be new skills which children will develop, along with key vocabulary. There will often be questions which we will use to get children thinking and carrying out discussions. We will also use these to gauge childrens' understanding and their aquisition of new knowledge.
Autumn 1: Year 1