The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry in to 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.
At The Mount, Religious Education is an important part of the curriculum. It provides children with knowledge and understanding about the importance of working together as a community. It enables them to ask questions and understand the reasons behind the answers and to show respect to each other and the world around us. It also helps children to get along together, recognising and respecting differences. All of this is underpinned by our own Core Values.
The RE curriculum is taught according to the Wakefield Agreed Syllabus 2018-2023.
Through this, the children are taught the importance of respect for all, including a person's religious background. Lessons are planned and delivered in a cross-curricular way and links are made to individuals and our local community.
We are very lucky to have strong links with the wider community.
- Reverend Martine and Diane from St George's Church delivers assemblies every term based on Christian festivals and celebrations. Diane will also be coming in to school to do workshops with classes.
- West Wakefield Methodist Church delivers an 'Open the Book' assembly, retelling and acting out stories from the Bible.
- We also try to coordinate a visit linked to one of the RE units to St George's Church or West Wakefield Methodist Church for all year groups at least once a year.
Every year, Years 2 to 6 walk to St George's Church to celebrate the Harvest Festival. It is always a fantastic celebration, in which children perform readings, poems, songs and stories in front of their families. This year, our theme was 'The Environment' and children and parents alike thought it was another huge success! Thank you to everyone who came to support our children!
Religious traditions are to be studied in depth as follows:
Reception- World festivals and celebrations that are important to them and in the community.
Year 1- Christianity and Islam
Year 2- Christianity and Islam
Year 3- Christianity, Islam and Hinduism
Year 4- Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism
Year 5- Christianity, Islam, Judaism
Year 6- Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism
By the time children leave our school, they will be able to:
- Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews.
- Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.
- Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews
We believe that this knowledge will enable children to gain a better understanding of the broad range of religions and cultures where they live and how we can all learn and grown from each other. The close links with PSHE will allow children to talk about their wellbeing, moral and cultural development. The enquiry based learning will create individuals with inquisitive minds, respect, tolerance and understanding for themselves and those around them.