At Ditton Primary Academy School, we believe that Religious Education contributes dynamically to our children’s education and all-round personal development. We believe through the uses of distinctive language and informed conversation, Religious Education develops children' skills of enquiry and response. Religious Education encourages children to reflect on, analyse and evaluate their own beliefs, values and practices and communicate their responses thus promoting mutual respect, tolerance and understanding across different cultures and communities. We recognise the variety of religious and non-religious families from which our pupils come. We welcome and celebrate this diversity, are sensitive to the home background of each child and work to ensure that all pupils feel and are included in our R.E. programme.
Our Religious Education curriculum provokes challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. The knowledge and understanding pupils acquire of a range of religions and worldviews from EYFS to Year 6, enables our children to develop their ideas, values and identities.
The teaching and implementation of the R.E. curriculum at Ditton Primary School is based on the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus for RE (2021).
Our curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:
1. Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals;
- identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews; and
- appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
2. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities;
- express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues; and
- appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion or a worldview.
3. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively;
- enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all; and
- articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.