R.E. teaching at Kippax Ash Tree Primary School aims to give children an understanding of the identity and diversity of the local community to enable them to grow up to live and work alongside people of all beliefs and cultures. We aim to equip our young people with these essential skills for adult life and lifelong learning. They will grow up to live and work as active, purposeful citizens of Leeds alongside people of all beliefs and cultures and be challenged to reflect on difficult questions such as the meaning and purpose of life. Our R.E. teaching aims to help pupils develop as tolerant young people with respect and understanding of the views of others, including the beliefs and practices of religions and other world views.
At Kippax Ash Tree Primary School, teachers plan using the Leeds Agreed Syllabus. This ensures that there is progression throughout the school. Children learn about the beliefs and practices of the six major world religions and have opportunities to discuss key questions relating to diversity, morality and the meaning and purpose of life. Teaching includes special themed days and projects with cross curricular links made where appropriate. Through following the syllabus, children at Kippax Ash Tree Primary School study faiths and traditions not including in the six world religions (as defined in the guidance) and allows them to revisit and build upon their knowledge and understanding of different beliefs and practices. Our teaching and learning is focused around the investigation of key questions; an ‘enquiry model’ with contemporary, relevant and engaging questions to explore. P4C supports our R.E. curriculum, helping to create an environment where a child’s questioning can flourish, developing children’s abilities to ask their own thoughtful questions. Children explore personal questions of meaning, engage with profound issues and consider contemporary concerns that face our communities now and in the future. The Leeds Agreed Syllabus is also followed across the Brigshaw Learning Partnership, ensuring consistency and shared knowledge with pupils from other Primary Schools and continuity when our pupils go to High School. Children have the opportunities to visit local places of worship, meet faith leaders, role play, and gain first hand experiences, which enhance the R.E. curriculum. Kippax Ash Tree Primary School also contributes to local community events, strengthening our links with those from other faiths and cultures.
Through their study of R.E. our children gain a greater understanding of the identity and diversity of their local community. Our pupils develop spiritually, academically, emotionally and morally to enable them to better understand themselves and others and to cope with the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of living in a rapidly changing, multicultural world. Children are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations. We measure the impact of our curriculum through discussions, role play, circle times, links made to other curriculum areas, questions asked by children, responses raised by questions asked of them, and the way that children conduct themselves in their daily lives.