Religious Education Intent Statement
At Brookfield Community Primary School, religious education is taught using the Lancashire Agreed Curriculum for Religious Education. We intend to teach religious education in a stimulating, interesting and enjoyable way which encourages the children to learn, enquire and evaluate the fundamental questions of life. The aim of Religious Education is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in the UK; to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. In promoting children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development we will equip them with the right attitudes to flourish in the community and be good citizens in a diverse, multicultural society.
Religious education is taught throughout the school in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and philosophy of the school. At Brookfield Community Primary School, religious education plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our children. It aims to develop an aptitude for dialogue in pupils so that they can participate positively in our society which is diverse in relation to religions and world views.
At Brookfield the content of our religious education is based on the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus and is taught for an hour once a week.
The long term overview of how religious education is taught at Brookfield shows continuity and progression of knowledge and understanding of religions, with the main emphasis on Christianity and two world religions studied in depth, which are Islam and Hinduism. By the end of KS2 children will have touched upon all the six major world faiths. Our short term planning is more detailed and allows for enquiry and a child centred approach.
We acknowledge that each religion studied contributes to the education of all our children. We promote teaching in religious education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible.
A cross curricular approach ensures that religious education is taught through a range of subjects including art, drama, poetry and music.
We also teach lessons through visits to local places of worship and visiting members of different faith groups - enabling us to give the children first hand experiences and relate their religious education to real life people and places. This is part of our Brookfield Pledge.
Through Religious Education lessons, the children at Brookfield learn to articulate clear and coherent accounts of their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to have different views, values and ways of life. Religious education prepares children to live in a local society, but also in a region, a national community and the world as a whole. Religious education teaching at Brookfield helps develops pupils understanding of the rich diversity of Preston, Lancashire the UK and the world.
We measure the impact of learning in religious education through class discussions, live marking and feedback and end of unit assessment opportunities - often in cross curricular writing.