Religious Education

“We may have different religions, different languages, different coloured skin, but we all belong to one human race.”

Kofi Annan

“We have far more in common with each other than that which divides us.”

 Jo Cox 

At Willow Tree Primary School, we believe that Religious Education (RE) has an important role to play within our broad and balanced curriculum. We recognise RE as an important subject - both in its own right and as contributing to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. We believe that it is vital for all our children to learn from and about different religions, cultures and worldviews. R.E offers children opportunities to develop and understand their own position and beliefs and in turn appreciate and understand the beliefs of others and the world around them.

We encourage our pupils to be inquisitive and to ask questions about the world and community they live in and to reflect on theirs and others beliefs, values and experiences.

Children will develop positive attitudes of respect towards other people who hold views and beliefs different to their own; they will embrace living in a society of diverse religions and beliefs.

RE provision at Willow Tree fulfils the legal requirement of the National Curriculum which states:

“Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based, and which:

  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and:
  • Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.”

We follow the Salford Local Authority Agreed Syllabus to ensure all aspects of RE are taught.

The curriculum is taught from Reception to Year 6 and reflects the fact that religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religious traditions represented in Great Britain. We value the religious background of all members of the school community and hope that this will encourage individuals to share their own experiences with others freely. All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links, which are, and can be made between home, school, and a faith community. We acknowledge that each religion studied can contribute to the education of all our pupils and enable them to draw comparisons between religions and specifically Christianity.

RE is taught each week in Key Stages 1 and 2 at a clearly identifiable slot. Children are empowered to express their skills, knowledge and view through a variety of forms including, debates and drama, poetry, stories, art and non-fiction genres.

During the school year, teachers will enhance the curriculum by engaging children in the celebration of religious festivals and celebrations.

R.E. is invaluable in an ever changing and global world. Through high quality teaching of RE, we will see the impact of the subject in the following ways:

  • Children will know about different religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion.
  • Children will be able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world.
  • Children will develop an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life.
  • Children will understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way.
  • Children will have a mutual respect and tolerance for individuals in today’s society and develop an understanding of the importance of promoting community cohesion.
  • Children will be able to articulate their own views and make informed decisions to prepare them for life in modern Britain.