“All children need to acquire core knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the religions and worldviews which not only shape their history and culture but which guide their own development. The modern world needs young people who are sufficiently confident in their own beliefs and values that they can respect the religious and cultural differences of others, and contribute to a cohesive and compassionate society.”
(The Right Hon, Michael Gove, former Secretary of State for Education, 2013 RE Review and new ‘non-statutory’ National Curriculum Framework for RE)
Why is RE important?
- RE gives a broad understanding of Christianity, world faiths and non-religious beliefs, fostering tolerance and understanding of the worship and life-styles of others.
- RE nurtures children’s spiritual awareness, developing a sense of awe and wonder of the world, as well as prompting children to consider the deeper questions of life – Why are we here? What is love? What happens when we die?
- RE widens understanding of diversity (community cohesion) developing tolerance and understanding of other faiths and cultures.
- RE supports problem solving and evaluation (ethics)
- RE develops critical thinking skills and reflection (literacy, personal development). Personal, Learnining and Thinking Skills are a key part of how we teach R.E. at Kirkburton Middle School. We aim to provide pupils with opportunities to develop skills of teamwork, independent enquiry, self-reflection and personal organisation.
At Kirkburton Middle School we address the above in the following ways.
- Strengthening links with the local community. Year six pupils visit All Hallows Church in Kirkburton. Year eight pupils all visit a Kirklees Faith Centre, either a Mosque, Gudwara or Buddhist Centre.
- Children learn from and about a range of religions including Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism, giving pupils the opportunity to understand and develop knowledge of traditions and cultures.
- Local and global issues are studied giving pupils the opportunity to question their own beliefs, to look at issues of right and wrong through discussion and debate.
- Other topics taught cover a range of issues including:
What makes a good leader?
How should we care for the planet?
Can charity change the world?