In the Upper Wharfedale Primary Federation, it is our intent that Religious Education is part of the basic curriculum entitlement for all pupils in all our schools. In our Church schools, RE has a central place within our distinctive curriculum and is seen as a core subject .Through our RE curriculum we provide opportunities to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of world religions and reflect on the challenging questions that it provokes. The aims of religious education are:
● To develop children’s knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other religions and consider how the beliefs of others impact on their lives and the lives of others.
● To encourage children to ask and reflect on challenging questions.
● To provide opportunities for personal reflection where children can explore their own beliefs (not necessarily religious).
● To encourage children to appreciate and respect the different cultures in today’s society.
RE provokes the investigation of questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God and provides opportunities to consider issues of right and wrong. RE contributes to the children’s personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in the diverse society in which we live. Through our teaching, links are made to other parts of the school curriculum such as British Values, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE), and our themed approach to the humanities.
The Schools uses the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus, the Diocese of York and Leeds Agreed Syllabus and the Understanding Christianity Resource Pack to plan a rolling programme of study to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage our children to gain knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions, explore different religious beliefs, values and traditions. The curriculum places high emphasis on our Federation values of Love, Kindness, Forgiveness, Thankfulness and Trust.
Our RE leader is Mrs Boxall.
Our Collective Worship leader is Mrs Besharati.