RE at Ayresome is based on the Middlesbrough agreed syllabus. The aim of Religious Education is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of all key principal religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Religious Education is taught throughout the school following a set of key questions showing progression across the age groups, providing opportunities to visit places of worship where suitable. At Ayresome Primary, Religious Education plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHCE and SEAL, in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our children.
At Ayresome Primary, it’s been agreed that having taken into account the requirements and guidelines presented in the Agreed Syllabus, the following religions have been selected for study:
We acknowledge that each religion studied can contribute to the education of all our pupils. We promote teaching in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible for both staff and children, including visits to local houses of worship.
Across each year group, four key questions are covered each academic year focusing on a range of Religions. Some religious festivals are celebrated as a whole school as a focus afternoon thus showing the progression of the key questions across the year groups.
Which people are special and why?
What places are special and why?
What times are special and why?
Being special: where do we belong?
What is special about our world?
Who is a Christian and what do they believe?
What makes some places sacred?
How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times?
What does it mean to belong to a faith community?
What do different people believe about God?
Why is the Bible so important for Christians today?
Why are festivals important to religious communities?
Why do people pray?
Why is Jesus inspiring to some people?
Why do some people think that life is like a journey and what significant experiences mark this?
What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?
What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong?
Why do some people think God exists?
What would Jesus do? (can we live by the values of Jesus in the twenty-first century?)
If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?
What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?
What do religions say to us when life gets hard?
Is it better to express your beliefs in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity?
What matters most to Christians and Humanists?
What difference does it make to believe in ahimsa (harmlessness), grace and/or Ummah (community)?
The children at Ayresome Primary enjoy learning lots about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to, follow a religion. Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. Through R.E. our children are developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community. R.E. offers our children the means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way.