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 bring RE to life in the classroom, we make use of our collection of holy books, clothing and ceremonial items.
Every year, we hold whole school events the 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 enhance our pupils' cultural and social development.