At Broomwood Primary School our children learn about a number of different religions and beliefs, which we think is vitally important for them to build up appropriate respect for the diversity that surrounds them. Christianity is the dominant religion taught throughout the school, but through the long-term plan, you will see that key aspects of other religions are covered and celebrated too.
I have attached the long-term plan below. Some things may be taught in a different order as we try and link as many things to the overall topic planning as we can.
We recognise that some parents may have concerns regarding some aspects of RE and may wish to withdraw their children from certain aspects. If you do please can you write a letter to the headteacher, who will then arrange a meeting to discuss the concerns further with you.
Miss Rose, RE Co-ordinator
Standard Advisory Councils For RE (SACRE)
Following on from a two-year review the Religious Education Council for England and Wales (REC) has published a new subject framework for religious education (RE). For the first time, the framework puts non-religious worldviews such as Humanism on an equal footing in terms of curriculum time with religious beliefs. The document, which contains 100 references to teaching about non-religious worldviews, has been welcomed by the British Humanist Association (BHA) for underlining the need to teach about the biggest or second biggest category of beliefs amongst young people.
In his foreword for the document, secretary of state for education Michael Gove has written: "All children need to acquire core knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the religions and worldviews which not only shape their history and culture but which guide their own development. He goes on to say "This RE curriculum framework and the RE Review of which it is part provides for such a model. It has the endorsement of a very wide range of professional organisations and bodies representing faiths and other worldviews. I hope the document will be useful to all those seeking to provide RE of the highest quality for young people in our schools."
The document says that the curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews;
Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews; and gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.
It also suggests that although some schools with a religious character will prioritise learning about and from one religion, all types of school need to recognise the diversity of the UK and the importance of learning about its religions and worldviews.