Religious Education (R.E.)
At Oxclose Primary Academy, Religious Education (R.E.) contributes to the aims of the whole school curriculum and plays an important part in the broad, balanced curriculum to which all our pupils are entitled to. The teaching of R.E. is not designed to convert pupils to a religion or urge them to hold a particular religious belief.
At Oxclose, we believe that Religious Education plays a pivotal role in contributing to pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. By giving pupils the opportunity to ask and discuss questions, acquire and show empathy, investigate and then reflect we are promoting positive attitudes to concepts such as enquiry, fairness, respect, equality and self-knowledge.
At present, we follow Sunderland’s Agreed Syllabus for R.E. The syllabus reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the teachings and practises of other world religions represented in Great Britain today. In Key Stage 1, the core religions studied are Christianity, Buddhism and Judaism. In Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) they are Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism whilst in Upper Key Stage 2, Years 5 and 6, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism are covered. In the summer term, each class studies a multi-faith unit which involves a more in-depth study of the year group’s core religions, comparing approaches to religious concepts such as belonging, holy books, worship or pilgrimage. Within the Early Years curriculum, R.E. is taught through the areas of Knowledge and Understanding of the World and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
To further support children’s understanding of the traditions of Christianity and British Values, all classes take part in a daily act of worship, either in their class base or as part of a whole school assembly. The school also attends the village church to celebrate Harvest, Christmas and Easter each year and we have a close working relationship with Canon Bob.