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Religious Education is the education of young people about religion. Through experience of learning about and learning from religion, we hope to help the pupils of Scissett Middle School to learn how the lives of believers are affected by religion, faith and spiritual experience, what happens in their homes, inside their meeting places and how they put their faith into practice.

Our aims for RE are to help our pupils:

  • Acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of the principal religions represented in the school, community, country and wider world
  • Develop an understanding of the influences of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures
  • Develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues with reference to the teachings of the principal religions in the school, community, this country and the wider world
  • Enhance their own spiritual, moral, cultural and social development
  • Develop a positive awareness of their own worth
  • Develop a positive attitude towards other people and their right to hold beliefs different from their own and to living in a religiously diverse society

Because RE is outside the National Curriculum, our school's RE curriculum is based on the requirements of the Kirklees Agreed Syllabus for RE. We study the following faiths, in line with the requirements of the syllabus and as a result of agreement with our local pyramid of schools:

Key Stage 2

What would we fight for?

  • This looks at Christian and Sikh beliefs and teachings on how they should treat people. Links to anti-bullying policy, PREVENT and British Values. Growth Mindset is also a focus in Year 6.

Introduction to Sikhism

  • What is important to Sikhs? Looking at beliefs and teachings. Links to identity and belonging. Looking at ceremonies making links to bereavement and loss.

Introduction to Judaism

  • What is important to Jews? Looking at the main beliefs and teachings. Links to the Holocaust.
  • Pupils also cover a topic on finance, budgeting and my money.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Introduction to Islam

  • Who is my neighbour? Links to British Values, PREVENT, extremism and radicalisation.

Introduction to Buddhism

  • What is important to Buddhists? With a focus on main beliefs and teachings making links to the environment and animal rights.

Introduction to Hinduism

  • One god or many? Looking at main beliefs and teachings with a focus on festivals, celebrations, ceremonies. This also includes pilgrimages and the work of Gandhi.

In Year 7 pupils also have one hour a week looking at-

  • General Wellbeing and an introduction to Mental Health with visits from specialist organisations.
  • E-safety.
  • Drugs Education and Risky behaviour with a visit from St John’s.
  • Politics and Democracy.
  • An introduction to Positive Relationships and Puberty.

Year 8

Health and Wellbeing

  • With a focus on Physical and Mental Health, Resilience, Coping Strategies and relaxation methods.


  • With a focus on Homophobic bullying and language, covering a basic knowledge of LBGTQ+ terminology and challenging stereotypes.

How can we fight for justice?

  • Covering ideas on charities and Fair Trade. Looking at the work of the Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King.
  • SRE - looking at CSE, Healthy Relationships, Grooming, Sexting, Teenage pregnancy and contraception.
  • Careers education and Transition.

During the course of the year are opportunities for ‘drop-down’ days where pupils are able to come off curriculum to look at issues of relevance. Guest speakers and ‘artists’ are invited into school to run practical activities and workshops.

RE at Scissett Middle School contributes to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils. Our pupils are encouraged to develop awareness of the fundamental questions of life, to respond to such questions in the light of their own experience and with reference to religious teachings and practices, and to reflect on their own values and experiences in the light of the RE curriculum. We encourage pupils not only to learn about religion by developing knowledge and understanding, but to learn from religion by developing their attitudes and values.

We spend approximately 1 hour of the school curriculum time teaching RE, although links are made with other areas of the curriculum - for example, through literacy, Citizenship, History and the Arts. These links are indicated in the scheme of work and again in teachers' planning.

Whilst we encourage all pupils to participate in RE we recognise the right of parents to withdraw their children from RE if they so wish. In those circumstances, we would offer an alternative curriculum in a properly supervised environment.

British Values

Within the RE department we adhere to the guidance set out in the 2002 Education Act.

In particular, the guidance emphasises that pupils should be encouraged to understand that "while different people may hold different views about what is right and wrong, all people living in England are subject to its law".

Schools' ethos and teaching "should support the rule of English civil and criminal law and schools should not teach anything that undermines it".

The guidance urges schools to take particular care to ensure pupils understand the difference between the law of the land and religious law.

They should "challenge" opinions or behaviour in school that is contrary to fundamental British values, it adds.

Here at Scissett Middle, the RE department actively promote all 5 aspects of British Values but make particular reference to Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different faiths.