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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: Christianity, Sikhism and Judaism
  • Key Stage 3: Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism
In Key Stage 2 pupils must build on their knowledge of Christianity. Pupils should then extend this to Judaism and Sikhism. The curriculum follows our locally agreed syllabus and is based on three aims:
Knowledge and understanding of a range or religions and other world views;

Expression of ideas and insights around questions of beliefs, meaning and...

Investigation and responses to important questions for individuals and the wider community. 

In Year 6 pupils begin with an introduction to Sikhism and then look at “How is the Shema prayer important?” within Judaism.  They also cover a module on “What are we fighting for?” looking at cross faith themes.

During Key Stage 3 pupils should extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and other world views, recognising their local, national and global context.

In Year 7 pupils look at an introduction to Buddhism, focussing on “How can art be spiritual?” and then study Islam through “Who is my neighbour?”.

In Year 8 they extend their study to include Hinduism, looking at the concept of "One god or many?". This also covers the work of Gandhi.

We will also look at "Why beliefs are important" and look at the idea of justice focussing on the life of Martin Luther King.

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.