At Junction Farm Primary School we value R.E. because; it promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society. -it prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Aims and purposes of Religious Education

RE at Junction Farm Primary School provides children with the opportunity to:

  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of, and their ability to respond to, Christianity and other major world religions represented in Great Britain
  • Explore issues within and between faiths to help them understand and respect different religions beliefs values and traditions
  • Consider questions of meaning and purpose in life from beginning to end
  • Learn about religious and ethical teaching, enabling them to make reasoned judgements on religious and moral issues
  • Develop their sense of identity and belonging, preparing them for life as citizens in a plural society
  • Develop a positive attitude towards other people, respecting their right to hold different beliefs from their own, and towards living in a society of diverse religions.

Legal Requirements

Our school curriculum for RE meets the requirements of the 1988 Education Reform Act (ERA). The ERA stipulates that Religious Education is compulsory for all children, including those in the reception class who are less than five years old.

The ERA allows parents to withdraw their child from RE classes if they so wish, although this should only be done once the parents have given written notice to the school governors. The ERA also allows teachers to refuse to teach RE, but only after they have given due notice of their intention to the school governors. Our school RE curriculum meets all the requirements set out in the Stockton-on-Tees Agreed Syllabus document 2008-2013. School had adopted the Stockton New Agreed Syllabus. The ERA states that the R.E syllabus should reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian and that it should, at the same time, take account of the teachings and practises of other major religions.

R.E at Junction Farm.

The teaching of RE allows children both to learn about religious traditions and to reflect on what the religious ideas and concepts mean to them. Our teaching enables children to extend their own sense of values and promotes their spiritual growth and development.

We encourage children to think about their own views and values in relation to the themes and topics studied in the RE curriculum. The RE curriculum forms an important part of our school’s spiritual, moral and social teaching. It also promotes education for citizenship.

Children are encouraged to build on their own experiences and extend their knowledge and understanding of religious traditions. Direct experience comes from organised visits to local places of worship and visits from representatives of local religious groups who come into school and talk to the children.

At each Key Stage a programme of study sets out what pupils should be taught.

Lesson content is based upon the Stockton on Tees LA’s Agreed Syllabus and is supported by the QCA schemes of work. Lesson content may be adapted to meet the needs of individual classes or to make links with other subject areas.

RE Progression of Knowledge

RE Learning Journeys