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Religious Education

The Religious Education (R.E) provided at Mill Lane Primary School follows the R.E. Agreed Syllabus adopted by Stockton Local Authority. We seek to help children achieve a knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, insights and practices, so that they are able to maintain or develop their own beliefs, and to respect the right of other people to hold beliefs different from their own. We introduce aspects of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism. The religious education curriculum forms an important part of our school’s spiritual, moral and social teaching.

Religious Intent Statement 

INTENT

At Mill Lane Primary School, we value and are dedicated to the teaching of Religious Education (RE). Our curriculum provides children with opportunities to explore big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. They will learn about a range of religions both within our school and the wider world and also look at worldviews. We are committed to providing a broad and balanced RE curriculum for our children. We believe that by developing this, we can contribute to the quality of our children’s lives, both within and beyond school.

Mill Lane School follows the SACRE agreed syllabus for 2019, agreed by Stockton on Tees.

 

IMPLEMENTATION

At Mill Lane, it has been agreed that having taken into account the requirements and guidelines presented in the SACRE Agreed Syllabus, the following religions have been selected for study: 

  • Christianity
  • Islam

Alongside some year groups also looking at the following religions:

  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism
  • Judaism
  • Sikhism

Also, a thematic approach that runs throughout these religions.

 There are no presumptions made as to the religious backgrounds and beliefs and values of the children and the staff.  We value the religious background of all members of the school community and hope that this will encourage individuals to share their own experiences with others freely. 

All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links, which are, and can be made between home, school, and a faith community.  We acknowledge that each religion studied can contribute to the education of all our pupils.  We promote teaching in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible for both staff and children. 

 

IMPACT

The children at Mill Lane Primary enjoying learning lots about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion.

Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world.

R.E. makes links between social aspects of learning, science and geography. Through R.E. our children are developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community.

R.E. offers our children the means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way. As such, R.E. is invaluable in an ever changing and shrinking world.

For more information, please go to long term plans.