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:
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?
Introduction to Sikhism
Introduction to Judaism
Key Stage 3
Introduction to Islam
Introduction to Buddhism
Introduction to Hinduism
In Year 7 pupils also have one hour a week looking at-
Health and Wellbeing
How can we fight for justice?
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.