Coordinator Mrs S Kendall
Here, at Netherthong Primary School, the aim of Religious Education is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of the principle religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Religious Education is taught throughout the school in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values and philosophy of the school. At Netherthong Primary, Religious Education plays an important role, along with the other curriculum areas, particularly PSHE, in promoting the all-round development of our children.
At Netherthong Primary, we implement the Kirklees Agreed Syllabus. The following religions are studied in detail across the year groups:
As Christianity is the predominant religion in the school’s pupil population and in the community surrounding the school, Christianity is the chosen faith for Progressed Study.
There are no presumptions made as to the religious backgrounds, beliefs and values of the children or staff. We value the religious background of all members of the school community and hope that this will encourage individuals to share their own experiences with others freely. All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links made between home, school and a faith community. We acknowledge that each religion studied can contribute to the education of all our pupils. We promote teaching in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible for both staff and children.
The children at Netherthong Primary enjoy learning about different religions and why people choose or choose not to follow a religion. Through their Religious Education, the children can make links between their own lives and those of others both in their community and in the wider world. These lessons are vital for our children to develop an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community.
Religious Education offers our children the means in which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live that way. As such, Religious Education is invaluable in an ever changing and shrinking world.