Subject Leader: Mrs Chentouf
Harlesden Primary School is made up of staff and pupils who are linked with many parts of the world and faith groups, or who have no recognised faith group. As a school we aim to celebrate this diversity and offer a welcoming and inclusive environment for all our pupils, including those who have recently come to our area and those for who English is a second language.
We base our teaching and learning style in RE on the key principle that good teaching in RE allows children both to learn about religious traditions and to reflect on what the religious ideas and concepts mean to them. Here in our school, children will learn about different religions, belief systems, festivals and rituals and whenever possible they will be able to visit a place of worship. Our teaching enables children to extend their own sense of values, and promotes their spiritual growth and development. We encourage children to think about their own views and values in relation to the themes and topics studied in the RE curriculum. Within our teaching of RE we seek to encourage empathy, generosity and compassion thus promoting pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and others and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and the wider world.
To know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
• describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals;
• identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews;
• appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
To express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
• explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities;
• express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues;
• appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion or a worldview.
(Religious Education Council, 2013)