In Key Stage Two we believe that the children should be engaged in a practical, relevant and challenging curriculum that encourages our children to explore their own beliefs, values and traditions. By following the agreed North Yorkshire RE syllabus, children develop a knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, and also gain the skills to express ideas and engage with a range of different faiths and beliefs.
Below are a few lines from the www.gov.uk website that highlights how important the RE curriculum is in a child's education.
Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. RE is an important subject in itself, developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society. (www.gov.uk)
RE also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. RE can also make important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE education), the humanities, education for sustainable development and others. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening the understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally. (www.gov.uk)
Click on the link below to have a look at the RE guidance for schools in more detail.
Years 3, 4 and 5 experienced The Amazing Acts workshop, provided by Bethel Church, Ripon. Through story telling from the bible, role plays, visual displays and worksheets, the children deepened their religious understanding through this engaging insight into Christianity. The adults from Bethel brought to life the history of the church immediately after Jesus's ascension and was thoroughly enjoyed by children and staff alike.