At Rivington, we believe the study of Religious Education (RE) is an important part of a child’s development. We follow the locally agreed syllabus for RE determined by St Helens SACRE (Standard Advisory Council on RE), which from September 2019, is the one developed by Lancashire.
Our children come from a broadly Christian background, with the majority of families not practising any faith. We believe it is our duty to help the children develop the skills to describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices. We hope to ensure that children recognise the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals. We aim to facilitate and encourage children to reflect on their own experiences and to formulate their own ideas, beliefs and values. Children will acquire knowledge and understanding of beliefs and practices of the main world religions. They will develop confidence in their own beliefs and values so that they can respect religious and cultural differences in others.
At Rivington, children develop their religious education by the Field of Enquiry, in line with the SACRE curriculum. They begin with ‘Shared Human Experience’, when they discuss and explore important messages. This is then continued through ‘Beliefs and Values’ where we provide opportunities for the children to investigate what is understood by the faith being studied for that half term. Traditions which are specific to that religion are explored during the ‘Living Religious Traditions’ strand of the unit. Finally, the unit concludes with the opportunity for children to reflect and discuss how the unit has impacted on them and share their own ideas about moral guidance.
RE is taught and assessed through a variety of approaches to accommodate all learning styles. Creative visual aids and resources are presented in addition to written pieces. We encourage confidence and independent thought through the use of Philosophy for Children sessions. This helps children to develop our moral and spiritual values of Protect, Respect, Give Thanks and Keep Peace.
Children at Rivington will foster understanding about the importance of tolerance in everyday life and have respect for other people’s views and celebrate the diversity in society. They will learn to articulate their knowledge and understanding using specialist vocabulary. Quality writing will allow them to express themselves and they will develop the ability to reflect and search for personal meaning.
Equality and SEN Statement
At Rivington Primary School, we aim to provide equality of opportunity for all children whatever their age, ability, gender, race, religion or background. We aim to create an environment that values each pupil and enables them to achieve their full potential. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum appropriately differentiated to respond to pupils’ diverse learning needs. The opportunities and experiences we provide enable our pupils to participate fully and give their best across all aspects of school life. We place great value on the quality of relationships within our school community and celebrate the achievements of all pupils.
We appreciate that children may have special educational needs throughout, or at any time during their school career. At Rivington Primary School, we aim to facilitate the full inclusion of pupils with special educational needs.
In RE, it is important to enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all.