Religious Education (RE) makes a major contribution to the education of our children here in West Boldon Primary. It helps pupils develop knowledge and understanding of religion and of the differing religions and non-religious beliefs represented in Great Britain today. As such, RE helps to promote the virtues of respect, tolerance and empathy, which are so important in our diverse society today. RE helps children to ask and think about challenging questions raised through the study of religion and enables them to develop reasoning and take part in debate. RE gives significant opportunities for our children to think about their own experiences, feelings, beliefs and values. As a result, RE is intellectually challenging, academically rigorous and personally enriching.
RE is provided for all children in our school as required by the Education Act 1996.
It is taught according to the South Tyneside Agreed Syllabus for RE which is the StatutoryOrder.
In accordance with statutory orders, an Agreed Syllabus must reflect the fact that religious traditions in
Great Britain are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the teachings and practices of other principal religions represented in Great Britain. The RE we teach is nondenominational and not designed to urge a particular religion or belief on pupils. As such RE is open to all children from all religious traditions and non-religious worldviews.
RE makes a significant contribution to our wider school aims and values
In RE, our children learn about and encounter people from a wide variety of faiths and beliefs. As a result children develop respect, tolerance and friendship.
Organisation of RE at West Boldon Primary
RE is taught by Class Teachers / Higher Level Teaching Assistants.
All classes are taught RE throughout the year.
In Early Years Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2, RE is taught through topics.
Teachers organise their RE teaching so that sufficient time is given to the teaching of RE to ensure the programmes of study are covered and pupils can make real progress.
Scheme of Work
Here at West Boldon Primary we have planned Religious Education to ensure children can build up a picture of Christianity and some of the other principal faiths represented in Great Britain.
Children in Early Years Foundation Stage will be introduced to aspects of religions through topics about belonging, times of celebration and special objects, people and books. These topics will use examples from Christianity and other religions, as appropriate.
Throughout the rest of the primary phase, pupils will build up an increasingly clear and detailed picture of:
- Christianity (taught throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2)
- Judaism (Key Stage 1)
- Sikhism, Hinduism, Islamic and Judaism (Key Stage 2).
These religions are mainly taught in separate units so that pupils do not become confused.
Older children do study some units which help them look at a theme across more than one religion e.g. care for others, the importance of rituals, how religions care for the environment.
Children in each year group have the opportunity to build up their knowledge and understanding of Christmas and Easter in the Christian tradition by studying different aspects of these festivals each year.
The RE plan also enables pupils to develop knowledge and understanding of religion in the local area through:
- a study of the different religious communities which exist in the local area surrounding the school (including different Christian denominations)
- the study of northern saints (e.g. Cuthbert, Bede) and their influence on the region.
Please see the attached Long Term Plan / Curriculum Map at the bottom of the page to see what pupils will study in RE each year.
Right of Withdrawal
In line with the Education Act, parents have the right to withdraw their children from some or all of Religious Education. The Head Teacher will invite parents to discuss their concerns and issues. The school has a duty to supervise children at this time but not to provide alternative work or teaching.
In Religious Education, pupils have the opportunity to meet people from a wide range of beliefs and traditions and visit places of worship.
Here in West Boldon Primary we organise visits to:
e.g. St Nicholas Church, Rectory Bank and The Synagogue in Newcastle.(Subject to COVID 19 Regulations)
In addition we invite members from different religious and non-religious communities to visit school and talk to pupils in their RE lessons.(Subject to COVID 19 Regulations)
Open the Book (St Nicholas C of E Church Boldon) Every Thursday – currently working on a virtual platform (COVID)
Bible Alive (East Boldon Methodist Church) Termly
Visits to School
Open the Book (St Nicholas C of E Church Boldon)
Bible Alive (East Boldon Methodist Church)
Hindu Art (Diwali Workshops)
Year 1- Newcastle Reform Synagogue
Year 2- Bede’s World
Year 3- Newcastle ISKCON Hindu Temple
Year 4- Methodist Church, East Boldon
Year 5- Sikhism workshop (Sikh Education Service)
Year 6- Visit Mosque, South Shields/visitor to school
This engagement and encounter with religious and non-religious communities enables pupils to see the relevance of religious and non-religious beliefs for people today. It also actively promotes the fundamental British value of mutual respect and tolerance of other faiths and beliefs.
Virtual Tour of St Nicholas Church
Rev Paul has very kindly given us a virtual tour of St Nicholas Church, especially for the children at our school. He will also be providing a fortnightly online assembly for our school. This content will be uploaded next term.
Watch Rev Paul’s tour below!
Our Subject Ambassadors are chosen children who are experts in RE, or children who have a real passion for the subject. Our Subject Ambassadors for RE 2021/22 are:
Year 6: Hannah & Manmeet
Year 5: Miley & Lacey
Year 4: Leo & Riley
Year 3: Haylee & Ryan
Year 2: Amy & Charlotte
Year 1: Rocco & Mollie
Find out more about Subject Ambassadors by clicking here.
Take a look at our RE Curriculum documents by clicking the links below.
RE Intent, Implementation, Impact
RE Skills Ladder
RE Long Term Plan
Take a look at our learning…
Click the links below to see what we’ve been learning about in R.E. in each year group.