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Religious Education at Firfield Primary School

The importance of religious education in the curriculum

Religious education provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about faith, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

At Firfield Primary School, the RE curriculum aims to give the children in our care knowledge and understanding of the principal religions. These are Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.   RE is taught within a local, national and global context. 

Our school RE curriculum offers children opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.  It considers the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures. In learning about Religion, children find out about different beliefs and teachings, practices and ways of life and how religions express themselves in different ways.

Approaches to teaching and learning in RE

At Firfield Primary School, Religious Education is taught throughout focused RE weeks over the year (in line with the Derbyshire Syllabus 2014-2019)  and provide many opportunities for children to engage and achieve.

These include:

  • Visiting local places of worship and receiving visitors from faith communities;
  • Using art, music, dance and drama;
  • Children experiencing times of quiet reflection to develop their own thoughts and ideas;
  • Using story, pictures and photographs;
  • Using artefacts to help children develop their understanding of religious beliefs and forms of expression;
  • Discussing religious and philosophical questions giving reasons for their own beliefs and those of others;
  • Developing the use of ICT (particularly DVDs and the internet) in helping children’s awareness of religions and beliefs
  • Developing the use of outdoor learning as an integral part of the RE curriculum.

The contribution of RE to the wider curriculum

RE provision has an important contribution to other aspects of children’s learning. 

RE contributes to children’s spiritual development by:-

  • Discussing and reflecting on questions of meaning and truth such as the origins of the universe, good and evil, life after death, beliefs about God and humanity and values such as justice, honesty and truth;
  • Learning about and reflecting on important concepts and experiences such as love, trust, forgiveness, obedience and sacrifice;
  • Valuing relationships and developing a sense of belonging;
  • Considering how religions and beliefs regard the value and purpose of human beings, the importance of the environment and the significance of emotions such as love, anger, joy, jealousy, happiness and pain.

RE contributes to children’s moral development by:-

  • Enabling children to value themselves and others;
  • Exploring the influence of family, friends and other sources on moral choices;
  • Considering what is of ultimate value both to children and within religious traditions;
  • Developing an understanding in key beliefs and teachings in religion and values and moral choices;
  • Considering ethical issues especially justice which promote racial and religious respect;
  • Reflecting on the importance of rights and responsibilities and developing a sense of conscience.
RE contributes to children’s social development by:-
  • Considering how religious and other beliefs lead to particular actions and concerns;
  • Reflecting on the importance of friendship and positive relationships.

RE contributes to children’s cultural development by:-

  • Encountering British people of different faiths;
  • Encountering people, stories, artefacts and resources from differing cultures;
  • Promoting respect for all, combating prejudice and discrimination;
  • Challenging stereotypes of religion and beliefs.