Statement of Intent: Religious Education at Dobwalls
Religious Education at Dobwalls has the key role of in the promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development which benefits them as individuals and others within their communities. As the world appears to become ever more complex and challenging it is important that pupils can be prepared for the world they will enter when they leave school.
We follow the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus which takes the local seriously, whilst not ignoring the national and the global aspects of religious education. The content of RE reflects the fact that religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teaching and practises of other principle religions. As stated in the syllabus: RE encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.
The aim of Religious Education is to help pupils to: engage confidently, constructively and reflectively with beliefs, values and lifestyles in a religiously diverse world. A Religiously Educated pupil in Cornwall must have the opportunity to:
- acquire knowledge and understanding of religions in Cornwall in the present day
- acquire knowledge and understanding of how religious traditions have shaped the identity of Cornwall
- acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain
- develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures
- develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about issues arising from the study of religions
- reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences as part of their study
As part of our quality RE teaching, we use knowledge organisers to support the development of children’s vocabulary and understanding. These are currently in the process of being created and updated and we are adding them here all the time. Here are some examples:
We have a good relationship with our local united Church. At Christmas, the whole school visits the Church for a Christmas Carol Service. Rev Andy visits half-termly for focussed assemblies including Harvest and Easter. We also enjoy assemblies led by Open the Book where Bible stories are acted out and told by members of the local community.
There are also links within our topics and enrichment activities planned as appropriate. For example, in Year Three there is a topic titled Our Cornwall which is when St Piran’s Day takes place. This is the Patron Saint of Cornwall. Children develop their learning through participation of Cornish culture and stories. In July, 2019, we were fortunate to have a visit from local actors with the show The Cornish Caretakers.
By the end of key stage 2, every pupil at Dobwalls Primary School has an enhanced awareness and understanding of the teachings of Christianity as well as four other principle religions. They can reflect on their own beliefs and respect and tolerate the views of others’.
A Y6 "We love to talk and ask questions in RE - we have great heated conversations!"
T Y5 "I like learning about Sikhism - the ten Gurus were interesting to learn about and each different one!"