R.E. Policy Document

What is the intent of Religious Education at Harewood Primary School?

When teaching the RE we respect every child’s beliefs as an individual.  Through the RE curriculum we aim to teach children to value the contribution others make as members of the British community, we value tolerance, respect and the need to support and care for each other.

Harewood Primary School aims:

  • To teach and share knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major religious traditions represented in Great Britain
  • For our children to understand the distinctive nature of religious traditions
  • For our children to understand the ways in which religious commitments can affect every aspect of life for a believer
  • To provide opportunities to develop an appreciation of the wider range of cultural influences that have shaped their own and other’s heritage
  • To develop an understanding and appreciation of beliefs, values and traditions in society, community and culture through respectful exploration
  • To be familiar with the correct use of technical terms to describe matters of belief and practice of faith
  • To continue to encourage tolerance and respect of beliefs, values and traditions in the local community and the wider British society

 The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the children at Harewood Primary school is enhanced by:

  • Developing their awareness of the fundamental questions about life and human experience by  looking at how religions respond to such questions
  • Teaching them to recognise, respect and celebrate diversity and valuable contributions made to our society by a diverse range of people, cultures and heritages
  • Recognising, respecting and celebrating religious and cultural diversity in national and global communities
  • Being aware that they have a right to hold and express a certain religious belief or cultural value
  • To give the children at Harewood Primary School opportunities to reflect on their life experiences. To explore their own and other’s insights and perspectives
  • To understand and challenge what is right and wrong by reasoning and critical thinking
  • To encourage and develop British values and prepare individuals for life in modern Britain.