At Linthorpe, we value, respect and celebrate the diversity of religions and worldviews that we experience locally, nationally and globally. Our RE lessons, which are taught as part of our Life Skills Curriculum help us achieve this by providing our children with the knowledge, vocabulary and skills necessary to understand their own beliefs and those of others.
The RE scheme of work (based on the Middlesbrough SACRE Advised Syllabus for Religious Education) is built around the key concepts of believing, living and expressing and builds on the skills and knowledge children develop across EYFS. It is knowledge based, spiritual and creative and gives children the chance to engage with the big questions that religions address.
As they move through school, children study Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Hinduism, as well as other worldviews that feature in History and Geography topics, looking at key beliefs, festivals and practices.
We are fortunate to have a diversity of places of worship in our local area and wherever possible we make visits and host visitors to enrich our RE curriculum. To help our bring RE to life in the classroom, we make us of our collection of holy books, clothing and ceremonial items.
Every year, we hold whole school events to give our pupils to chance to learn about the meanings behind religious festivals, to experience how festivals are traditionally celebrated and to inspire our children to have a passion for RE. Our Christmas performances, Christmas dinner and Eid meal really boost our pupils cultural and social development.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development
SMSC forms an integral part of our RE curriculum:
Spiritual - Pupils reflect on their own beliefs and those of others. We discuss the big questions which religions address. Our children are encouraged to see the links between their beliefs and the beliefs of others.
Moral – Pupils learn how religions help their followers make choices about how to live a good life. For example, pupils learn how Jewish people follow the Ten Commandments, how the beatitudes help some Christians make decisions in their everyday lives and how the zakat inspires Muslims to make positive changes in the world.
Social – Pupils learn about the diversity of religions and worldviews, which helps them have empathy with others and to reflect, and be proud of, their own identities. We teach children about the language of discussion and debate so that that can communicate their views to others respectfully.
Cultural- Our curriculum stimulates pupils’ curiosity about, and tolerance of, the variety of religions and worldviews in the world. They learn about the most important stories and beliefs of the faiths that have shaped the world they live in and reflect on the meaning these may have for their own lives.