At Bishopthorpe Infant School we follow the City of York Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2016-2021. The syllabus introduces children to beliefs and how they affect how people live, as well as ideas about identity, belonging, values and commitment. Children are encouraged to reflect on all of these ideas and values – including their own.
Religious Education contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in schools by provoking 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. In RE they learn about and from religions and world views in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. Pupils will be equipped with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities.
The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and world views address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.
The aims of Religious Education at Bishopthorpe Infant School are as follows:
- To know about and understand a range of religions which are represented in the UK.
- Appreciate and respect varied religious beliefs, values and practices and be able to discuss them with sensitivity
- Use the knowledge acquired to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues.