“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life” – Buddha.
At Abingdon Primary School, we recognise the important role that Religious Education plays in the personal development of our pupils. Our Scheme of Work also promotes the moral, social and cultural development of children.
We follow the Middlesbrough Agreed Syllabus, which principally aims: ‘to engage pupils in enquiring into and exploring questions arising from the study of religion and belief’.
- Provide learners with knowledge and understanding of Christianity and Islam, which are the two main religions followed by our students and families. We also study Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism, in Key Stage 2;
- Develop children’s understanding of the ways in which beliefs influence people in their behaviour, practices and outlook;
- Enable learners to apply the insights of the principal religious traditions to their own search for identity and significance;
- Enable learners to develop a deeper awareness of their own beliefs and values and to have a positive attitude to the search for meaning and purpose in life;
- Encourage learners to develop a positive attitude towards other people who hold religious beliefs different from their own.
Teaching Religious Education:
Our ultimate aim is to enable our pupils to be equipped to face the demands of life in Modern Britain. It is also vital that religious education encourages pupils to develop positive attitudes to their learning and to the beliefs and values of others. The following four attitudes are essential and will be developed: self-awareness; respect for all; open-mindedness; appreciation and wonder.
During their time with us, children follow the Middlesbrough Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. They will be provided with opportunities to: explore the world we live in; ask questions; experience special events and express feelings. They will learn about all the major world religions and the importance of tolerance and mutual respect. By the time children leave Abingdon Primary School at the end of Year 6 they should be able to compare and contrast these religions.
“The world respects us … for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith.”- Barack Obama
Click HERE to view the R.E. progression document.