At Jubilee Park Academy we aim to deliver a high-quality Religious Education curriculum which will ensure that pupils explore what people believe and the difference this makes to how they live. Pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
The teaching of Religious Education at Jubilee Park Academy follows the Sandwell Agreed Syllabus. The teaching and learning approach has three core elements woven together to provide balance and breadth within teaching and learning.
Making sense of beliefs - The curriculum aims to ensure that pupils can make sense of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs and can identify and explain why these beliefs are understood in different ways within communities.
Making connections - They can understand the impact of religious and non-religious beliefs on ways of living and explain how and why people express their beliefs in diverse ways.
Understanding the impact -They can make connections between religious and non-religious beliefs and reflect upon connections between these ideas and their own understanding of the world, expressing their personal responses with increasing clarity and understanding.
The following purpose statements underpin the syllabus, which is constructed to support pupils and teachers in fulfilling them:
- Religious education contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions.
- In RE pupils learn about religions and beliefs in local, national and global contexts.
- They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, and to agree or disagree respectfully.
- RE teaching therefore should equip pupils with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and beliefs.
- It should develop in pupils an aptitude for dialogue so that they can develop religious literacy and participate positively in our society.
- Pupils should gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence.
As they progress through the school pupils will study the religious traditions of Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Hindus in depth. They will learn about non-religious worldviews and other religions as appropriate.
At Jubilee Park Academy, we aim to ensure that all children understand that RE is not just for the religious but is for all pupils to explore, and the knowledge and understanding gained will support them in their future lives and chosen career paths.