Religious Education is one of the core subjects taught at Moseley CE Primary School. The major world religions are studied and insights into these are developed through stories, discussions, videos, handling artifacts, visiting speakers and visits to a variety of places of worship. As well as learning about religions and religious diversity, children are taught to learn from religion- recognising principles that can be applied to enrich their lives. The religious beliefs of all our pupils are respected.
RE subject matter gives particular opportunities to promote an ethos of respect for others, challenge stereotypes and build understanding of other cultures and beliefs. This contributes to promoting a positive and inclusive school ethos that champions democratic values and human rights.
RE is taught using both the Understanding Christianity materials and units from the Surrey Agreed Syllabus.
RE is divided into two distinct but complementary areas:
Knowledge and Understanding
Expressing Ideas, Beliefs and Insights
Pupils should know about and understand religion (and, where appropriate, non-religious worldviews), so that they can:
• describe, explain and analyse beliefs, teachings and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between religious and non-religious 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 (including the key texts, the teachings of key leaders, and key thinkers from different traditions and communities)
• appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning
Pupils should express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religion and beliefs, 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
• appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion or belief
Aims and objectives (From the Church of England RE Statement of Entitlement)
• To know about and understand Christianity as a diverse global living faith through the exploration of core beliefs using an approach that critically engages with biblical text.
• To gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews appreciating diversity, continuity and change within the religions and worldviews being studied.
• To engage with challenging questions of meaning and purpose raised by human existence and experience.
• To recognise the concept of religion and its continuing influence on Britain’s cultural heritage and in the lives of individuals and societies in different times, cultures and places.
• To explore their own religious, spiritual and philosophical ways living, believing and thinking.