At Hurworth Primary, we encourage pupils to develop positive attitudes to their own and others’ beliefs and values, in a classroom climate that recognises, respects and celebrates differences. Self-awareness, respect, open-mindedness and appreciation and wonder are an integral part of our RE curriculum. We believe that RE makes an important contribution to promoting British Values and understanding the impact it has for individuals and communities. Our school prepares pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning.
Our teachers provide a broad and balanced curriculum promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, mental and physical development of pupils and of society. At Hurworth, we provide an RE curriculum that is designed to ensure our children develop sound knowledge and understanding of religions, including, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. All year groups explore different elements of Christianity and cover at least one other religion. There are opportunities to revisit religions in key stage two to allow the children to recap the key beliefs and compare the differences and similarities.
We stimulate children’s curiosity about other religions as well as their own through engaging lessons, visiting places of worship and inviting guest speakers into school. Our locality has a diverse population with regards to religious backgrounds and we are fortunate enough to have good connections with various places of worship. This provides the children with a realistic and modern insight into the key beliefs and practises of a religion. Our RE curriculum also encourages children to become critical thinkers as well reflectors of their own personal views and beliefs. Every fortnight, we have volunteers from our local church, who deliver assemblies through which they share stories and messages from the bible. We value the importance of coming together for our daily act of collective worship. We respect the integrity of every child, whatever their beliefs. Our act of worship is, therefore, an inclusive act enabling everyone to participate in a way that is appropriate to the individual.
There are planned opportunities for children to use and apply their skills in literacy and the wider curriculum whilst strengthening their understanding and enjoyment of RE. Children are encouraged to be creative and to present and share their knowledge in a variety of ways, ensuring that all children including the most disadvantaged and those with SEND are able to achieve and enjoy in this subject.
The document below provides an overview of our RE curriculum for each year group.