At Mount Street Primary School, Religious Education has a significant role for the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs and encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection.
The principle aim of RE is to engage pupils in an enquiry approach where they can develop an understanding and appreciation for the expression of beliefs, cultural practices and influence of principle religions and worldviews in the local, national and wider global community.
At Mount Street Primary School, we then develop the children's conceptual knowledge and understanding through 'Big Ideas' which develop both in depth and knowledge as the children progress through the school.
As a multifaith school with a high proportion of EAL, we really value RE for its contribution to the development of children’s own beliefs, values, and sense of identity. It does not promote a religion, or particular set of beliefs, but engenders respect for the beliefs and values of others. In our curriculum we aim to explore different religious beliefs, values and traditions and develop an understanding of the numerous religious traditions, beliefs and practices that are followed in our multi-cultural society.
At Mount Street Primary School, RE is taught in termly blocks. We use a range of teaching and learning styles, including activities such as discussion, role-play, religious stories, games, circle-time, problem-solving activities and use of artefacts. Children are informed about a variety of religious festivals that take place throughout the year to demonstrate how people with different religious beliefs live and worship alongside each other. We believe that RE helps pupils to learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response and to agree or disagree respectfully. Our RE lessons help pupils to gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. It helps children learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.
Here are some pictures of faith speakers, who have come to visit the school and share information about their faith.