We believe that in today’s increasingly multicultural society, learning about world religions is a vital part of children’s education, helping them develop an understanding and tolerance of other people’s faiths. RE is not part of the National Curriculum and therefore we follow Bradford Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2016 – 2021. By the end of their primary school education pupils will have studied all six major religions in some depth: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
The aims of the Religious Education curriculum at Cullingworth Primary School are:
* to develop learners’ conceptual understanding and informed appreciation of religion and beliefs so they can engage in learning, discussion and reflection with enjoyment and openness
* to contribute to the development of learners’ worldviews through their knowledge and understanding of religion and beliefs in order to enrich their spiritual and moral development, and to prepare them to contribute to a just and civil society
* to develop awareness and understanding of the richness of religion and beliefs, their contributions to society and their significance in the lives of individuals and communities
* to appreciate both commonality and distinctiveness within and between religion and beliefs in order to help learners to engage with existential issues and ultimate questions with critical discernment and empathy.
At Cullingworth School we emphasise a commitment to enquiry based learning. We believe that good religious education is more about questions than answers, more about understanding than knowledge, more about depth and breadth than meeting short-term targets. RE classrooms are busy, active, reflective, safe and stimulating environments in which children learn, engage in dialogue and develop empathy.