At Victoria Road Primary School, Religious Education reflects our ethos and aims, making a substantial and distinctive contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The teaching of R.E aims to contribute to the development of the pupils' own beliefs and values and to develop their knowledge and understanding of key world religions.
Our key aims are:
1. To give an understanding of the religious, spiritual and moral values of others and for each child to consider thoughtfully their own attitudes, values and beliefs.
2. To provide a basis for the information of our children's values, attitudes and beliefs.
3. To encourage each child to gain self-understanding, explore their relationships with others and to consider their own place within the local community and wider world.
4. Encourage creativity in RE to bring the curriculum to life and allow children to express themselves in different ways.
We have close links with the Plymouth Centre for Faiths and Cultural Diversity and regularly have speakers and visits organised through them. This ranges from Y6 visiting the Synagogue in Plymouth and learning all about ‘The Kinder Transport’ linked to their topic on Judaism and WW2, to Hindu dancing in Y3 and discussing issues of wealth and poverty in Y5.
In essence our aim is to help our children develop respect and sensitivity for all people
and to understand more about the importance of religion in today’s world.
Religious Education Statement of Intent
At Victoria Road, we aim to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions, which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own. Through Religious Education we aim to ensure that children know about and develop an understanding of a range of religions so that they can describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals. Through this subject we also enable children to express ideas and gain insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews to enable them to express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value including ethical issues. In addition, teaching this subject at Victoria road will allow children to gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they can articulate beliefs, find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth by responding creatively. We are part of NATRE and follow the Devon Agreed Syllabus.