At Welbeck Primary we believe our RE curriculum should reflect the rich and diverse communities of Nottingham, across the UK and across the world. We study six world religions: Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity and we conduct in-depth studies into the beliefs, practices, ethics and social action of Christianity and Islam.
“Religious Education in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire schools contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in schools, provoking challenging questions about human life, beliefs, communities and ideas. They learn to weigh up for themselves the value of wisdom from different communities, to disagree respectfully, to be reasonable in their responses to religions and worldviews and to respond by expressing insights into their own and others’ lives.” (Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus 2021-2026)
During their time with us, pupils will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the powerful stories behind religions, of the diverse range of religious practices that take place and see how religious beliefs influence social justice, community action and personal choices.
Foundation Stage pupils:
- Listen with enjoyment to stories, songs and poems from different communities and traditions and respond with relevant comments, questions or actions;
- Use talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events;
- Answer ‘who’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences in response to stories, experiences or events from different traditions and communities;
Key Stage 1 pupils:
- Explore a range of religious stories and sacred writings and talk about their meanings.
- Name and explore a range of celebrations, worship and rituals in religion, noting similarities where appropriate.
- Identify the importance, for some people, of belonging to a religion and recognise the difference this makes to their lives.
Key Stage 2 pupils:
- Describe the key aspects of religions, especially the people, stories and traditions that influence the beliefs and values of others.
- Describe the variety of practices and ways of life in religion and understand how these stem from, and are closely connected with, beliefs and teachings.
- Evaluate and begin to understand religious and other responses to ultimate and ethical questions.
Every half term, assemblies are delivered which celebrate the different religions. Religious leaders and parents lead these assemblies in school. In addition to this provision, every child attends the ‘Christingle’ service at the local Church as part of our British Values. By the time children leave Welbeck Primary School they will have visited at least 3 different places of worship and taken part in a variety of significant festivals and celebrations. This links with the school’s ’50 things to do at Welbeck’ scheme.