At Broadfield we follow the agreed syllabus for Oldham Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education.
We recognise that the teaching of Religious Education is essential for the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
At Broadfield our R.E curriculum links directly with our schools’ aims:
- To encourage respect and tolerance for other races and religious beliefs, values and opinions through developing an understanding of the principal religions including those represented in our school, in our local area and in the wider community.
- To encourage in each child a sense of positive worth and self-respect through time for personal reflection of their beliefs and values developing their identity and sense of belonging.
- To work with parent and encourage them to be informed and active members of the school community. The curriculum has been developed after seeking parents’ opinions on our RE curriculum.
- To enable children to become confident, responsible and caring members of the community by supporting children to develop respect for others and in particular those whose faiths are different from their own.
In the above ways we aim to prepare children to take part in a global community based on mutual respect.
RE links closely to the British Values of mutual tolerance, respectful attitudes, democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty.
The world faiths children study over their time at Broadfield are:
We follow a 2-year curriculum cycle due to being a 1.5 form entry school.
In the EYFS, a topic based approach is used e.g. In Reception within the topic of Marvellous Me! we will discuss and learn about which people are special and why? This will include work on Jesus’s special friends.
In Key stage 1, children study Christianity and Islam with an introduction to Sikhism and Hinduism on alternate years.
This ensures by the end of Key stage 1 all children have been introduced to the above religions and this knowledge can be built upon in Key Stage 2.
Children will also visit a church and temple over the key stage.
In Lower Key stage 2 children continue to study Christianity and Islam. They then further develop their knowledge of Hinduism and Sikhism and begin to learn about Judaism and Buddhism.
In upper Key stage 2 Children build upon prior knowledge from previous years and study Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism and Judaism.
Over the Key stage children will visit a Mosque, Synagogue and a Cathedral.
Within their studies children have the opportunities:
- To develop their knowledge and facts about the religions studied.
- To learn about how each religion is a living religion and how it affects people’s daily lives.
- To discuss their ideas and how the religions are similar / different.
- To reflect on how the principles of each religion link with their own ideas and beliefs.
- To grow spiritually and morally through having the opportunity to discuss their own thoughts, ideas and concerns.