At Thorp Primary School we believe that it is important for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them and begin to develop their own sense of identity and belonging. Our aim is for the children to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that they can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief; to reflect on their own ideas and ways of living, and to promote a mutual respect, open mindedness and tolerance towards others with different faiths and beliefs. Religious Education also has a significant role to play in nurturing pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and is also a vehicle for delivering some aspects of British Values.
As a school we have invested in Discovery RE which is an enquiry-based scheme of work which has been mapped to the Oldham Agreed Syllabus. This scheme of learning is set out as a progressive and sequenced programme with learning intentions written into all the materials. In Reception, RE is based around termly themes; in KS1, Christianity, Judaism and Islam are the major religions studied and in KS2, pupils learn about Christianity with Hinduism, Islam and Judaism spread over the key stage. By using these units within the scheme, we show a realistic picture of religion and beliefs within our school, within the local Thorp community and within the wider Greater Manchester area.
By developing their critical thinking skills and increasing their motivation to learn, pupils will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief as well as develop responses of their own, reflecting the overall value and vision of Thorp Primary School to build a positive future for all.
We ensure that the topics studied in religious education build upon prior learning and offer opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each unit.
Lessons are planned and delivered in a variety of ways ensuring that all children can access and participate in lessons. Interactive, practical activities encourage the children to discuss their ideas and extend their understanding of difficult concepts and challenging questions.
Curriculum Road Map