Religious Education enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people.
At Rift House Primary School we follow the Hartlepool Agreed Syllabus (2020) for RE. We develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths as well as enabling children to develop a sound understanding of Christianity. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the children to learn from religions as well as about religions.
Diversity is celebrated at Rift House Primary School. Pupils will develop an understanding of religious tolerance, enabling them to see the importance of working together to combat prejudice, thus preparing them for adult life, future employment and life-long learning in our multi-cultural society.
Our objectives in the teaching of RE are to:
- Develop an awareness of spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues arising in their lives
- Develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions or value systems commonly held in the UK
- Develop an understanding of what it means to be committed to a religious tradition
- Be capable of reflecting on their own experiences, and of developing a personal response to the fundamental questions of life
- Develop an understanding of religious traditions, and an appreciation of cultural differences in the UK today
- Develop their investigative and research skills, in order to hold reasoned opinions on religious issues
- Have respect for other people’s views, and hence to celebrate diversity in society
Religious Education is a compulsory subject and is taught from Early Years to Year 6 at Rift House Primary School. Parents and carers have a right to withdraw their child from Religious Education classes if they so wish, although only after they have given written notice to governors.