Religious Education explores big questions about life in order to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion and world views, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. Religious Education makes an important, although not exclusive, contribution to spiritual, moral and cultural development, offering explicit opportunities for pupils to consider the response of religion to fundamental questions about the purpose of being, morality and ethical standards, and to develop their own response to such matters.
Our Religious Education is a balance between learning about the teaching of world faiths and enabling pupils to draw meaning for their own lives from this learning. We aim for pupils 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; and gain and use the skills to engage seriously with religions and world views.
Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus 2020-2025 and with regard to the National Curriculum for R.E. and the Early Years Foundation Curriculum. Recognising plurality and diversity enables RE to contribute to British Values.
Three major concepts form the basis of R.E teaching:
It is important that Religious Education prepares young people for life in the village, county, region, nation and world. Diversity is not always evident in the local area but pupils might learn much from understanding the regional picture for the city of Derby, Derbyshire, the city of Leicestershire, Leicester City and Nottingham. At St Peter’s all pupils learn from Christianity in each Key Stage. In addition, pupils learn from the principal religions represented in the UK, in line with the law. Links are made between Christianity and other world faiths where appropriate and non-religious worldviews are also represented.
In EYFS, children will encounter Christianity and other faiths as part of their growing sense of self, their community and their place within it. The Agreed Syllabus sets out experiences and opportunities and appropriate topics for children which connect to the EYFS 7 areas of learning.
Key Stage One – Christians and Muslims
Key Stage Two – Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Jewish people
(Hindus, Muslims and Jewish people have been chosen as they are the other major faiths represented in the local region.)
As a Church voluntary controlled school, we at Netherseal St Peter’s recognise the importance of fostering a positive Christian ethos within our school. This is achieved through sustained, interesting and valuable religious education experiences. At the heart of our R.E. is the teaching of Christianity, rooted in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of R.E. by notifying the Headteacher in writing