Religious Education at New Park
At New Park Primary School, we believe that Religious Education contributes dynamically to our children’s education and all-round personal development. We recognise the leading role that RE plays in promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental, and physical development of our pupils, whilst also preparing our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Our Religious education curriculum provokes challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. The knowledge and understanding pupils acquire of a range of religions and worldviews from EYFS to Year 6, enables our children to develop their ideas, values and identities.
Our RE curriculum is designed to embody our curriculum drivers that underpin our learning throughout the school. We use our school drivers to ensure our children, and their community, are represented in our RE curriculum by;
This is me
Throughout our RE curriculum at New Park Primary School, children will start reflecting on their place in the world in terms of where they belong. In Early Years they will start small and concentrate on their immediate family and carers. As they progress through school, they will begin to think about how they belong to school, the local community, city wide community and eventually, in the world.
Everybody wants to rule the world
RE is meaningful in any society where beliefs and values are important, it’s about getting pupils to engage with the big questions of life. Children understand that the knowledge and skills they acquire in RE lessons will lead them to successful careers which involve working collaboratively with others.
Above us only sky
RE is an important part of cultivating a child’s self-expression. Children are encouraged to reflect on themselves, their beliefs and to compare these to the beliefs of others. Children learn how religion influences individuals, families, communities and cultures. They will explore the political and social impact of religion and reflect on issues of justice and truth, all while developing and affirming personal identity and responsible citizenship.
The teaching and implementation of the R.E. curriculum at New Park Primary School is based on the Liverpool LEA Agreed Syllabus for RE (2020).
We recognise the variety of religious and non-religious families from which our pupils come. We welcome and celebrate this diversity, are sensitive to the home background of each child and work to ensure that all pupils feel and are included in our R.E. programme.
The locally agreed syllabus for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:
- know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews.
- are able to express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.
- acquire and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.