Religious Education

Religious Education​ at Stocksbridge Junior School

Intent

Our children at Stocksbridge Junior School follow an enquiry-based approach to Religious Education. The aim of Religious Education in our school is that pupils will know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews and will express ideas and insights of their own into the significant human questions which religions address.

While meeting this duty, our school will also ensure that Religious Education is:

  • Taught according to the Agreed Syllabus of Sheffield Education Authority.
  • Of a high standard, where expectations are clear to pupils, parents, teachers, governors, employers and the public.
  • Coherent and shows progression.
  • Contributing to the school’s responsibility to promote community cohesion and high standards of achievement.
  • Well understood by the school community, who have confidence in the school’s provision and achievement.
  • Provide a daily act of Collective Worship based on personal reflections.

Implementation

Our enquiry-based work in Religious Education provokes challenging questions

about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. As well as Christianity, it will also develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development. Religious Education encourages pupils to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious), in light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses.

Impact

Religious Education at Stocksbridge Junior School makes an important contribution to our school’s duty to promote community cohesion. It provides a key context to develop young people’s understanding and appreciation of diversity, to promote shared values and to challenge racism and discrimination. It enables pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to respect others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, thereby helping to challenge prejudice. It prompts pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.

Right of Withdrawal

Stocksbridge Junior School recognises the right of withdrawal of pupils from Religious Education at the request of their parents. This request should be given, in writing, to the Headteacher. Where a pupil has been withdrawn, the law provides for alternative arrangements to be made for Religious Education of the kind the parent wants the pupil to receive.