‘RE is an important subject in itself, developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society.’
At Hearsall Community Academy, Religious Education follows the Coventry Agreed Syllabus and many aspects of Religious Education are taught through themes e.g. Places of Worship, Weddings or Christenings. In Key Stage One the customs and beliefs of two or more religions are compared and throughout Key Stage Two Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are studied in a systematic way so that the children are able to understand the essential elements of these religions. Visits to places of worship and speakers in school are a routine feature of our Religious Education lessons.
Where possible we endeavour to link our Religious Education with our wider curriculum areas. The RE unit ‘Feasting and Fasting’ in Year 4 is enhanced by being taught alongside the ‘World Kitchen’ theme. In Year 2 the RE unit ‘Ganesha’ is complimented by the ‘Indian Spice’ theme. In the Early Years Foundation Stage Religious Education is taught throughout the year highlighting a variety of festivals and religious traditions. Below are some photographs of Reception enjoying activities on Shrove Tuesday and Nursery performing their Christmas Nativity.
“We do not seek to convert, persuade or indoctrinate. Rather, by informing children about the major world religions we seek to bring understanding, foster tolerance and empathy and develop a feeling of respect and acceptance for all people’s beliefs.”