Our Religious Education Coordinator is Miss S Lockett
We feel RE is an important part of the curriculum that can thread through many of the other subjects in school to offer our children opportunities and experience to develop their own views and opinions.
We value the creative aspect of learning RE through art, crafts, drama, discussions and debates.
We want our children to leave Towngate prepared to meet people from different backgrounds, traditions and religious beliefs. We want our children to leave us with an understanding of overcoming prejudices and negative stererotypes.
We want our children to leave us valuing themselves and others in society.
At Towngate Primary Academy we follow the Wakefield Agreed Syllabus 2018 – 2023. The principle aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to questions, as well as develop responses of their own.
The Aims of RE
• describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals;
• identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews;
• appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
• explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities;
• express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues;
• appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion or a worldview
• find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively;
• enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all;
• articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.
Schools have a statutory responsibility to deliver Religious Education to all pupils, except those withdrawn by parents. Schools must ensure that sufficient time is given in order to enable pupils to meet the expectations set out in the agreed syllabus, ensuring the curriculum is coherent and shows progression.
There is the expectation that there is a minimum allocation of 5% of curriculum time for RE. The table below is based on the most recent national guidance.
36 hours of RE e.g. 50 minutes a week or some short sessions implemented through continuous provision.
36 hours of tuition per year e.g. an hour a week, or less than an hour a week plus a series of RE days
45 hours of tuition per year e.g. an hour a week, or a series of RE days or weeks amounting to 45+ hours of RE.
At Towngate we want the RE curriuclum to impact on the children in the following ways:
The impact will be achieved by providing pupils with challenging opportunities to:
Enhancing our RE curriculum at Towngate Primary Academy
‘I think they are really fun to watch because they have always got some laughter to it. The people are really nice.’ – Toby year 5
‘It’s really good because you get to learn stories that some people may not have heard before.’ – Robbie Year 5
The children were told this story to understand:
Faith Matters: Parable of the lost sheep. In Matthew 18: 10-14, Jesus taught His disciples a simple story to illustrate a spiritual truth. … That lost sheep in the story may have wandered away from the shepherd, but because the shepherd is a “good” shepherd who loves and cares about his sheep, he went looking for it.
Each year we are very lucky to have the opportunity to work alsongside Kingsway Church in Ossett to hold an annual event called ‘Prayer Space’.
This is a time of refelction and thought for all the children and staff to take part in.
This year we focused on new beginnings.
Under the stars
‘Laying under the canaopy, looking up at the stars was very calming and made me feel happy and able to think’ – Year 6
‘The worry is trapped inside the stone and it can’t enter me again. That was good, I need to do it again, I ve got a lot of worries.’ Year 2
‘I liked it because it makes you feel free and can get things off your chest.’ Year 6
‘It made me think about all the good things in my life’ Year 2
‘The things I liked about this morning is having a place where you can lay down to relax and think.’ Year 5
‘I enjoyed everything about this morning but my favourite was the sand because I could say sorry for everything. The second favourite was one thing you could change about the world, I would change climate and pollution.’ Year 5
At Towngate Primary Academy, we strive to provide our pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum; within our RE teaching, we believe pupils benefit from a range of visits to religious settings and enjoy being visited in school by members of local churches and settings.