Subject Lead: Mrs E Bates
Religious Education Vision Statement
At Packmoor Ormiston Academy, our vision is that RE will provide many varied and rich opportunities for the children to learn about the things that matter in the lives of local people and also people in the wider world. This is taught through the development of a question-based curriculum. We aim to give them time and space to examine and reflect upon their own ideas and values and the values of others. At a time when religious beliefs guide the lives of billions of people worldwide, understanding peoples’ views can be a first step to recognising and appreciating diversity and difference.
SMSC in RE
- Spiritually– RE lessons give children the chance to reflect on their own beliefs that inform their perspective on life. They also provide opportunity for children to listen and develop an interest in other peoples’ faiths, feelings and attitudes. They deepen their knowledge of other cultures, rituals and beliefs. RE is taught through a series of questions, thus promoting the child to think about and develop their own beliefs as well as learning about established beliefs.
- Morally – This involves developing the ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong. This takes places within RE lessons and assemblies, where children are given a chance to listen and reflect. It also helps them to understand the consequences of their choices, behaviour and actions.
- Socially – By using a range of social skills in different contexts. For example – speaking and listening in assemblies, taking part in assemblies and performing at assemblies. Children have a willingness to participate in a variety of communities and community events, such as Harvest Festival, Remembrance Service and Easter Assembly. They mix with members of the wider community.
- Culturally– By understanding and appreciating a wide range of cultures that may have shaped their own heritage and that of others. Children will learn about Islam and Hinduism and how these are embedded in the culture of the people who believe. Children are also taught about Britain’s parliamentary system and how it shapes British values. This is taught alongside other faiths and diversity, respect and tolerance of all is thoroughly promoted.