Religious Education at SKA
Religious education at SKA is incredibly important to our learners. R.E. gives our pupils the knowledge and understanding of religions and cultures all over the world, developing acceptance, tolerance and diversity. We don’t just want our pupils to tolerate other religions and cultures we want them to embrace these differences. We want our learners to go out into the community and develop social relationships with people from backgrounds all over the world, creating peace and prosperity. R.E. has links to all subjects across the curriculum as we strive to make our pupils all round learners. This in-depth understanding will allow our learners not just to know what different religions do but to understand why and how they show commitment to their faith.
Our agreed syllabus, Discovery R.E., seeks to support schools in this work. Our Religious Education will encourage and enable pupils to explore their own beliefs, values and traditions and those of others in meaningful and engaging ways. We believe that it will encourage children and young people to share their diverse range of experiences and grow individually and together with sensitivity and respect towards people of all faiths and beliefs. Different religious texts and stories play a huge part in R.E. Specifically in understanding why different religions have their beliefs and the stories and journeys they have taken to commit to these. In addition, we want to create many opportunities for RE teaching and learning at our school to challenge stereotypical views and to appreciate difference positively. Enabling all pupils to consider the impact of people’s beliefs on their own actions and on the life chances of others. Religious education is a required subject of the curriculum for all pupils on school rolls. All Academies are governed by the law that requires every pupil to receive RE.
Our vision at South Kirkby Academy is of a community where people of different beliefs and religions live harmoniously side by side, displaying mutual respect, tolerance, understanding and friendship. It is essential that children and young people in South Kirkby are fully supported in developing these qualities and, whilst growing in confidence, achieve a level of critical awareness that helps them to become builders and shapers of the future. This provides a key context to develop children and young people’s understanding and appreciation of diversity, to promote shared values and to challenge racism and discrimination. Increasing cultural diversity is part of the demographic picture at South Kirkby Academy as our wider region is home to many diverse and active faith communities. We are educating children in their own locality, but also to live in a wider region, the UK and globally.
SMSC in Religious Education at SKA
Through RE our children experience wonder and joy through stories, celebrations, rituals and different expressions of religion and world views. They consider questions around God and what truth there is in Religion. Children have the opportunity to visit places of worship as part of their study.
Morality is explored through looking and rules, teachings and commands through the different religions. They explore different religious perspectives on morality and how this is played out by those who practice religion. They see how this impacts them and their lives in a respectful manner.
Children explore social norms in different religions and how these affect the society around them. They ask question at an age appropriate level and the social impact of religion both as a positive and a negative.
Alongside studying the different faiths the children also look at the culture steeped in the Religion. They explore festivals and food. They explore the differences and similarities between faith and cultures as well as different cultural expressions. We ensure the children look at different texts and artefacts from different cultures and religious backgrounds.
How our 4 school values are evidenced in Religious Education...
We strive to do our best!
RE is taught through discussion and at SKA we encourage all children to take part in these drawing on their own experiences to make sense of the different religions we study. Children are given time to explore the different themes and take pride in their work and research.
We achieve success!
RE is a good area to explore and help children to think outside the box giving them the confidence to ask questions and do their own research. This can aid them in all other areas of the curriculum.
We work together as a team!
RE aids children in working together, they are required to listen to others and to work collaboratively to learn about the religions of the world. They also learn how to work with others who are different to them and experience others' beliefs.
We are excited about our learning!
At SKA, we teach RE through the Discovery RE curriculum; this gives children and teachers a broad scope in which to make the learning individual to the children and to also make it exciting! We ensure that children go on visits to the places of worship that they are studying and use real life resources to aid their understanding.