Here at St Bartholomew’s C of E, we follow the Leeds Agreed Syllabus scheme throughout the school. As a church school, we supplement this with certain aspects of Understanding Christianity in order to provide the children with a deeper understanding of the Christian faith.
The Leeds Agreed Syllabus is called Believing and Belonging because it includes two key elements. First, it is about beliefs and values. It aims to develop pupils’ understanding of world faiths and other beliefs, exploring their commonality and diversity. Secondly, it is about ‘belonging’. It aims to nurture pupils’ awareness of the treasury of diversity as well as sensitivity to the questions and challenges that different views and cultures can present.
Primarily, the purpose of RE at St Bartholomew’s is to give pupils a broad understanding of Christianity, world faiths and non-religious beliefs; this is sometimes referred to as religious literacy. The curriculum ensures that there is both depth of study (some areas investigated in detail) and breadth (an overall general understanding of the faiths and related philosophical and ethical questions).
The balanced study of RE also nurtures SMSC development and our pupils’ understanding of diversity. RE can contribute dynamically to children and young people’s education by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
RE develops pupils' knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other religious traditions and world views and explores their responses to life's challenges. This gives pupils the knowledge and skills to flourish both within their own community and as members of a diverse and global society.
RE plays an important role in preparing pupils for their future, for employment and lifelong learning.
It enhances their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by:
- Developing awareness of the fundamental questions raised by human experiences, and of how religious teachings can relate to them;
- Responding to such questions with reference to the teachings and practices of religions and other belief systems, relating them to their own understanding and experience;
- Reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study.
Please find the curriculum intent for Religious Education below: