Religious Education at Belmont
At Belmont School, we pride ourselves on offering a high quality, interesting and inclusive RE curriculum across the school; there is a high level of engagement from all pupils. It is through this full and varied programme that we endeavour to educate our pupils, enabling them to filter out the stereotypes that contribute to religious discrimination and disharmony.
It is our Intent to:
- Reinforce our three Belmont’s values of showing respect, do your best and make the right choice.
- Develop, critical, flexible, creative thinkers and encourage curiosity about real world problems and how to solve them.
- Stimulate an active attitude of enquiry and identify, investigate and respond to a variety of issues.
- Support pupils in developing an understanding of various types of belief and how these affect other individuals and society in general.
- Provoke challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, differing beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
- Develop knowledge, understanding and awareness of Christianity and other major world faiths, including the Baha’i Faith, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism as well as ethical non-theistic traditions, such as Humanism.
- Enable the development of a sense of identity and belonging and the ability to flourish within pluralistic societies, locally, nationally and internationally.
- Develop further tolerance and harmony between different cultural and religious traditions.
- SMSC, personal growth and community cohesion are featured throughout our lessons and are there to ensure opportunities for children to develop positive attitudes and values and to reflect on and relate their learning in RE to their own experiences.
The intent is to ensure children understand the relevance of RE in today’s modern world and how it affects our lives.
The content of our Religious Education Scheme of work is based on the Harrow Agreed Syllabus and is taught for an hour, once a week. The Harrow Agreed Syllabus has two main aims:
- To learn from religion, which contributes to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- To learn about religion. Pupils find out about the religious and spiritual beliefs and practices of the major religions.
Key questions are investigated through literature, sacred texts, studying artefacts and visits to places of worship. An understanding and awareness of the religious beliefs of others is actively encouraged to promote tolerance and respect through the teaching of RE.
Each year group visits a different place of worship to ensure that the by the end of the pupil’s time at Belmont they have visited and explored the main religious places of worship. A variety of religious holidays are celebrated through assemblies and curriculum to ensure that all religious holidays are explored and respected.
By the time our children leave our school they will:
- Develop spiritually, culturally, academically, emotionally and morally to enable them to better understand themselves and others and to cope with the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of living in a rapidly changing, multicultural and multifaith world.
- Understand core beliefs, traditions, holy places and holy texts within the main religious groups in the Harrow area.
- Have respect for all religions, showing tolerance and kindness, demonstrating this during discussions and interactions with other children and staff members.
- Understand the role religion takes in the wider society.
- Understand the similarities and differences between each religion.
- Enjoy the experience of learning RE and understand how it can help them in their future.
SLT and subject leaders monitor the impact of our RE provision through completing regular monitoring, which includes listening to the voice of our pupils.