Religious Education at St Peter’s C of E Primary School is of the highest standard and we are always striving for excellence, our syllabus reflects our distinctive Christian character and Religious Education lies at the very heart of our curriculum.
At St Peter’s pupils and their families can expect a religious education curriculum that is rich and varied, enabling learners to acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith. We provide a wide range of opportunities for learners to understand and to make links between the beliefs, practices and value systems of the range of faiths studied. We believe that Religious Education provides an opportunity to celebrate and foster awareness of these differences within our school and the wider world. It is a subject that celebrates diversity and challenges stereotypes.
The Religious Education Curriculum at St Peter’s C of E Primary School includes:
- opportunities to explore the experience of the Church’s year;
- study of the story of the local Christian community with its saints and martyrs;
- visits to places of worship, especially the local parish Church and a Cathedral, to develop the understanding of the Church as a living community;
- welcoming visitors from the local parish to share their experience of Christian belief and life;
- liaison with the local parish to enable these visits and links to occur;
- skills to confidently use religious language to express knowledge and opinions;
- a well-used set of Bibles in language that can be understood by the learners and examples of Bibles and prayer books from a variety of contexts;
- the facility to listen to Christian ‘psalms, hymns and spiritual songs’ from a wide variety of traditions; access to Christian artefacts that are used with care, respect and confidence;
- a sacred space that can be used as a focus for prayer and silent reflection;
- The Scheme of Work At St Peter’s we use the revised ‘Questful RE’ the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education RE syllabus 2013 in conjunction with the Understanding Christianity resource.
- RE is taught in half termly units in a combination of religion based and thematic topics. Cross curricular links are strongly encouraged and opportunities for developing key literacy and numeracy skills are planned in.
By the end of Key Stage Two at St Peter’s pupils are able to:
- Give a theologically informed and thoughtful account of Christianity as a living and diverse faith.
- Show an informed and respectful attitude to religions and world views in their search for God and meaning.
- Engage in meaningful and informed dialogue with those of other faiths and none.
- Reflect critically and responsibly on their own spiritual, philosophical and ethical convictions.
Religious Education is a key opportunity for children to develop morally, spiritually, socially and culturally. In RE lessons and our collective worship programme children are invited to reflect upon their personal responses to issues, consider other people’s responses and appreciate that for some people belief in a spiritual dimension is important. We encourage children to consider the answers offered by the faith groups to questions of meaning, purpose and problems within our society and their own experience.
Religious Education strongly supports the school’s citizenship programme by introducing pupils to the significance of belonging to a community, the diversity of communities in the wider communities, faith rules and their application to moral and ethical issues and cultural influences on religious practice.
Spiritual development within RE enriches and encourages the pupils’ discovery of God the creator, of their ‘inmost being’ and of the wonder of the environment. Moral development is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, which offer pupils a secure foundation stone on which to make decisions and build their lives.
Social development enriches pupils’ understanding of what it means to live in a Christian community where Jesus’ command to love one another is put into practice. Cultural development provides opportunities to develop an understanding of Christianity as a worldwide, multi-cultural faith that has an impact on the lives of millions of people.