‘Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups’
UN Declaration of Human Rights, Article 26
These days, issues of religion and belief frequently top the news agenda and RE helps children and young people to make sense of them. At Anfield Road, we believe that RE encourages children growing up in a diverse society to understand the varied views and opinions of people whose beliefs and values differ from their own, promoting not just tolerance but genuine understanding and respect for other people. RE provides space for children to reflect on their own ideas and develop their thoughts about questions of meaning.
RE at Anfield Road Primary fosters an understanding of the world in its diversity and richness; it helps face difference, conflict and doubt. RE is to do with helping our children to grow by encountering, and increasingly, understanding the religious traditions of humankind. RE teaches children to develop the positive attitudes of tolerance, sensitivity and respect. RE actively promotes the values of truth, justice, respect for all and care of the environment.
At Anfield Road, we follow the Liverpool Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2020-20215. We believe that the principle of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and world views 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.
"RE explores big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what differences this makes to how they live so that pupils can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living,"
The three aims of the syllabus are for the children to be able to:
- Know about and understand a range of religions and world views
- Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and world views
- Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews
There are three stands in the implementation
- Believing- Religious beliefs, teachings, sources, questions of meaning purpose and truth
- Living- Practices and ways of living, questions of values and commitments
- Expressing- Religious forms of expression; questions of identity, diversity and belonging
Each unit has a key question, e.g. What does it mean to belong to a faith community? or What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?
We are proud of the opportunities we give to our children to visit several places of worship over the course of their time at school. Visits and visitors which currently support RE in school include:
- Al- Rahma Mosque
- Liverpool Ganesh Temple
- Princes Road Synagogue
- Holy Trinity Church
RE Breadth of Study
|Reception||F5: Where do we belong?||F4: Which times are special and why?||F6: What is special about our world?||F2: Which people are special and why?||F3: Which places are special and why?||F1: What stories are special and why?|
|Christians, Hindus, Muslims||Christians, Hindus and Jewish people||Christians, Muslims and Jewish people||Christians, Muslims and Jewish people||Christians and Muslims||Christians, Hindus and Muslims|
|Year 1||1:1 Who is a Christian and what do they believe? (part 1)||1.6 How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times? (part 1)||1.2 Who is a Muslim and what do they believe? (part 1)||1.7 What does it mean to belong to a faith community?||1.5 What makes some places sacred?||1.5 What makes some places sacred?|
|Christians||Christians, Muslims or Jewish people||Muslims||Christians, Muslims, Jewish people||Christians, Muslims and/ or Jewish people||Christians, Muslims and/or Jewish people|
|Year 2||1.3 Who is Jewish and what do they believe?||1.6 How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times? (part 2)||1.2 Who is a Muslim and what do they believe? (part 2)||1.2 Who is a Muslim and what do they believe? (part 2)||1.4 How can we learn from sacred books?||1.8 How should we care for others and the world, and why does it matter?|
|Jewish people||Christians, Muslims or Jewish people||Muslims||Christians||Christians, Muslims and Jewish people||Christians and Jewish people|
|Year 3||L2.7 What does it mean to be a Christian in Britain today? (part 1)||L2.8 What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today? (part 1)||L2.2 Why is the Bible so important for Christians today?||L2.5 Why are festivals important to religious communities?||L2.1 What do different people believe about God?||L2.4 Why do people pray?|
|Christians||Hindus||Christians||Christians and Hindus/ Jewish people/ Muslims||Hindus, Christians, Muslims||Christians, Hindus or Muslims|
|Year 4||L2.8 What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?||L2.7 What does it mean to be a Christian in Britain today? (part 2)||L2.5 Why are festivals important to religious communities?||L2.3 Why is Jesus inspiring to some people?||L2.9 What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong?||L2.6 Why do some people think that life is a journey and what significant experiences mark this?|
|Hindus||Christians||Christians and Hindus/ Jewish people/ Muslims||Christians||Christians, Jewish people, non- religious people (Humanist)||Christians, Hindus and/ or Jewish people|
|Year 5||U2.1 Why do some people think God exists?||U2.6 What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today? (part 1)||U2.7 What matters most to Christians and Humanists?||U2.2 What would Jesus do? (Can we live by the values of Jesus in the 21st century?||U2.4 If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?||U2.4 If God is everywhere, why do to a place of worship?|
|Christians, non- religious (Humanists)||Muslims||Christians and non- religious (Humanists)||Christians||Christians, Hindus and Jewish people||Christians, Hindus and Jewish people|
|Year 6||U2.6 What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today? (part 2)||U2.8 What difference does it make to believe in Ahimsa, Grace and/or Ummah?||U2.5 Is it better to express your beliefs in arts and architecture or in a charity and generosity?||U2.5 Is it better to express your beliefs in arts and architecture or in a charity and generosity?||U2.3 What do religions say to us when life gets hard?||U2.3 What do religions say to us when life gets hard?|
|Muslims||Christians, Muslims and Hindus (recap)||Christians, Muslims and non- religious (Humanists)||Christians, Muslims and non- religious (Humanist)||Christians, Hindus and non-religious responses||Christians, Hindus and non- religious responses|