Colville Primary School, in accordance with the 2002 Education Act, provides Religious Education (RE) for all pupils registered at the school. At Colville Primary School we believe that RE has an important part to play in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, cultural and intellectual development of our pupils. To promote the ideas of our school vision we believe that education in RE should be a child centred, exciting journey. Children learn to understand the world and their place in it, know that all members of the school community show respect and tolerance for others and develop a better cultural awareness.
At Colville Primary School, within the framework of the RBKC agreed syllabus Living Difference III, we aim to enable children to do the following.
- Develop their enquiry skills by teaching concepts through an enquiry based cycle made up of five steps: communicate, apply, enquire, contextualise and evaluate.
- Be increasingly religiously literate, developing knowledge and understanding of religion in the local community, the UK and globally.
- Be well informed about religions in Britain, understanding that religion is a powerful force in some people’s lives and relating their studies to their own lives and preparing them for adult life.
- Understand the place of world religions and spirituality in the UK and the world, becoming increasingly aware of the power, history and current place of Christianity and other religions in the UK and the wider world.
- Approach and analyse life’s big questions, considering questions about meaning, values and identity increasingly, thoughtfully and deeply.
- Be able to disagree respectfully and thoughtfully about religions and spiritual issues and controversies, learning the skills of listening, understanding, tolerance and empathy that build a cohesive community. This links to the school’s teaching of ‘British Values.’
- Consider and analyse issues of diversity and respect for all with growing sensitivity and depth.
Living Difference III is an approach to enquiry in religious education.
The Living Difference III approach to enquiry in religious education entails teachers bringing children and young people first to attend to their own experience of particular concepts, before enquiring into related religious as well as non-religious ways of living, represented in Great Britain and beyond.
This approach to enquiry has five key steps where the teacher brings the child:
- at the Communicate and Apply steps to attend to their own and others’ experience
- at the Enquire and Contextualise steps to engage intellectually
- at the Evaluate step to discern value for others and themselves in a way dependent on the context of the enquiry.
*Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE or collective worship (please note our assemblies are non-religious) should they wish to do so. Any parent wishing to do this should contact the Executive Headteacher. We advise you read our policy and look at the balanced curriculum map first.