Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. RE is an important subject in itself, developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society.

At Chapel Street Primary School we teach RE in the context of:

  • The school community – RE provides a positive context within which the diversity of cultures, beliefs and values can be celebrated and explored.
  • The community within which the school is located – RE provides opportunities to investigate patterns of diversity of religion and belief and forge links with different groups in the local area.
  • The UK community – a major focus of RE is the study of diversity of religion and belief in the UK and how this influences national life.
  • The global community – RE involves the study of matters of global significance recognising the diversity of religion and belief and its impact on world issues.

At Chapel Street Primary School RE:

  • provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development
  • encourages pupils to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses. This also builds resilience to anti-democratic or extremist narratives
  • enables pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society
  • teaches pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice
  • prompts pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.

RE has an important part to play as part of a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum to which all pupils are entitled. High quality learning experiences in RE are designed and provided by careful planning through the Manchester agreed syllabus, taking into account the need to offer breadth of content, depth of learning and coherence between concepts, skills and content.