‘RE is like an iceberg.
As you unpack ideas you come to understand deeper meaning.’
Written by an unknown Year 9 pupil.
At Avenue Primary School we follow the Agreed Syllabus for RE in Leicester and Leicestershire Schools 2014 – 2019.
We want our RE curriculum to reflect the multi-cultural make-up of our school. At Avenue, our aim is to bring people together rather than focus on differences and as a result we have a very tolerant and respectful environment.
The children get opportunities to celebrate different religious festivals throughout the year, whether it be through competitions such as design your own Rangoli pattern or create an egg character, or through assemblies. The children at Avenue are always eager to participate in such celebrations!
During RE lessons, the children will learn about the six principal religions represented in the United Kingdom (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism). As well as learning about the individual beliefs of each faith, children get the opportunity to discuss how many of these religions are linked and have certain similarities. We encourage the use of questioning and debate during RE lessons to deepen understanding.
Each year we have an RE day, where the children focus on a particular theme. Last year we explored the use of religious stories in different faiths. Some of the children role played 'The Boy With The Soft hands' a Sikh story, and thought about what it teaches them.
Trips and visits
Each year group will visit at least 2 places of worship each year and we also invite people from local places of worship into our school to share information and experiences.
Our RE curriculum aims to enable children to:
- acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in the United Kingdom,
- develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures,
- develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues,
- develop positive attitudes of respect towards other people who hold views and beliefs different from their own,
- enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Parents do have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons and daily collective worship.