At King Street Primary School, we believe that it is vital for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. Through Religious Education, pupils develop their knowledge of the world faiths, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. Each year, children focus on learning about a particular world religion, with opporutnities to compare and contrast with other faiths – providing opporutnities to revisit and embed past learning, and develop a more rounded and balanced view of faiths around the world (and how these have changed over time). Our Religious Education curriculum is enhanced further with trips to places of worship in our local area. Religious Education plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHCE, in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our children, encouraging children to be tolerant and respectful of difference, and promote self-confidence and clear communication skills in sharing their own opinions and listening to others’.
There are no presumptions made as to the religious backgrounds and beliefs and values of the children and the staff. 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. We promote teaching in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible for both staff and children.