In RE pupils learn about religious and non-religious worldviews in order to discover, explore and consider different answers to questions. They learn to interpret, analyse, evaluate and critically respond to the claims that religious and non-religious worldviews make. Pupils learn to express their insights and to agree or disagree respectfully. Teaching therefore should equip pupils with knowledge
and understanding of what is meant by the terms ‘religion’ and ‘worldview’ as well as systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religious and non-religious worldviews. Teaching should enable pupils to appreciate that worldviews are complex, diverse and plural and have influence on individuals, communities, societies and cultures.
Religious Education offers opportunities for personal reflection and pupils’ spiritual, moral,
social and cultural development as it encourages pupils to examine the significance of their
learning in relation to themselves and others. It enables pupils to explore their own beliefs
(whether they are religious or not), ideas, feelings, experiences and values in the light of what
they learn. Religious Education encourages empathy and respect. It enables pupils to develop
their own sense of identity and belonging.
In Key Stage One pupils must be taught about:
• Christianity – introduction to beliefs and practices and their impact.
• Buddhism – introduction to some beliefs and practices and their impact.
• Religious Diversity – introduction to the diverse religious and non-religious landscape in the local area (including differing denominations).
Lumley Infant and Nursery School follow the Durham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. This can be accessed using the following link:
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – Knowledge and Key Skills