As part of a broad and balanced curriculum, all children are taught Religious Education (RE) at Dalton School. We follow the agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Kirklees. Religious Education offers a place of integrity and security within which difficult questions can be tackled in a safe but challenging context. It promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and allows the children to understand the concept of diversity. Our teaching enables pupils to acquire knowledge and understanding of both religious beliefs and non-religious world views. From this, the children can develop their own beliefs and values. We will not steer the children towards a particular belief. To strengthen our children’s knowledge and skills and to give them a chance to flourish as members of a diverse global society, assemblies will be delivered about festivals and visits will be planned to places of worship.
Children will receive a Religious Education lesson weekly which focuses on an objective from the agreed Kirklees Syllabus. As part of the Early Years and Foundation Stage, Reception and Nursery will consider Religious Education through understanding the world. In KS1 the children will refer to Christianity, Islam and a non-religious approach. This will be further explored in KS2 as well as studying Judaism and Sikhism. When teaching Religious Education, a range of resources will be used such as artefacts, books, videos and visiting places of worship. Work will be recorded in topic books and evidenced using a variety of outcomes as suggested by the Agreed Syllabus. We will ensure our school is a safe place to express opinions and learn from others who might have a different point of view.
In providing a high-quality provision of Religious Education, the children will value difference and diversity. They will be able to ask questions about the meaning and purpose in life and engage in respectful and reasonable disagreement.