Religious Education

"All staff and governors understand the importance of providing pupils with experiences that help them develop their personal and social skills and a deeper understanding of the world around them.” Ofsted 2018

“Leaders arrange participation in numerous external projects. Through these projects, pupils learn to respect other people’s ideas, cultures and points of view. For example, during discussions with an inspector, older pupils helped younger pupils to express their opinions in a sensitive and respectful way.” Ofsted 2018

 

RE at Welsh House Farm School

Our RE Leader is Mrs Collier.

Religious Education (RE) is not a National Curriculum subject, but is taught to all pupils as part of the ‘Basic Curriculum’ which consists of the National Curriculum and the locally Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education which is determined by the Local Education Authority. The agreed syllabus gives a prominent place to pupils' spiritual, social, cultural and moral development.

 

Throughout the Key Stages, pupils will learn from and about the following religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism. In addition, religious festivals and learning which reflects on other faiths may also be addressed as appropriate within the school year.  We aim to provide pupils with knowledge and understanding of these various religions and to develop their understanding of the ways in which beliefs influence people in their behaviour, practices and outlook.  We encourage pupils to develop a positive attitude towards other people who hold religious beliefs different from their own.

By teaching the children about Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Judaism, we aim to cover the ’24 moral dispositions’:

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  • Developing creativity

  • Being imaginative and explorative

  • Appreciating beauty

  • Expressing joy

  • Being thankful

  • Developing compassion

  • Caring for others, animals and the environment

  • Sharing and being generous

  • Being regardful of suffering

  • Being merciful and forgiving

  • Developing choice

  • Being fair and just

  • Living by rules

  • Being accountable and living with integrity

  • Being temperate, exercising self-discipline and cultivating serene contentment

  • Developing community

  • Being modest and listening to others

  • Cultivating inclusion, identity and belonging

  • Creating unity and harmony

  • Participating and willing to lead

  • Developing commitment

  • Remembering roots

  • Being loyal and steadfast

  • Being hopeful and visionary

  • Being courageous and confident

  • Developing contemplation

  • Being curious and valuing knowledge

  • Being open, honest and truthful

  • Being reflective and self-critical

  • Being silent and attentive to and cultivating a sense for the sacred and transcendence

 

At Welsh House Farm, pupils are encouraged to develop an understanding of each faith which they study, and recognise its distinctive features while, at the same time, identifying areas and practices which are shared by each religion. A variety of methods, including collective worship, music, stories, drama, pictures, videos, books, assemblies, cultural celebrations and visits to different places of worship are used to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding.  It is further developed through PSHE and our behaviour policy.   Links are also made throughout the curriculum to celebrate the diversity within our Welsh House Farm School family and local community.

​As parents, you have a legal right of withdrawal from parts of the religious education curriculum. If you wish to exercise this right, please speak to the Head Teacher. 

For more information, please visit our School Policies page or speak to Mrs Collier our RE leader.

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