Every child has the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Governments must respect the rights of parents to give their children information about this right.
Local councils are responsible for deciding the Religious Education syllabus and so, at Mudeford Junior School, our curriculum reflects the 2016 Agreed Dorset Syllabus.
A Religious Education (R.E) provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God and ultimate questions about what it means to be human. Pupils learn to weigh up the value and wisdom of different religions and worldviews to develop and express their own insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully. RE develops in pupils the aptitude for dialogue so they can participate positively in our society with its diverse religions and worldviews. RE enables pupils to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, and values while respecting the right of others to differ.
(Dorset S.A.C.R.E 2016)
The Dorset Agreed Syllabus for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:
A Know and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so they can:
Describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between religious traditions
Identify, investigate and respond through enquiry into the questions posed and responses offered by religions and worldviews to ultimate questions about what it means to be human
Appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
B Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and
world- views, so that they can:
Explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practice and forms of expression influence individuals and communities;
Express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions about identity, diversity, and ethical issues.
As a Rights Respecting school we feel strongly that our children have the opportunity to express their own beliefs, opinions, thoughts and feelings while valuing and respecting those of the people in our local, national and worldwide community.
The teaching of R.E. plays a strong role in the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the children at our school. RE also contributes to the development of British Values which we, as a school, promote to our pupils.
The law requires that a local authority RE agreed syllabus ‘must reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teachings and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain’.
Therefore the Dorset syllabus states that pupils in Dorset Schools must follow
a coherent and systematic study of Christianity
a coherent and systematic study of Islam
Pupils must be introduced to Judaism and other principal religions represented in the UK, including at least one tradition of Hinduism, Buddhism or Sikhism
It expected that Humanism and other worldviews will be introduced into RE enquiries as appropriate.
. With this in mind, the long term overview for our R.E. planning can be viewed below.