At Rigby Hall we follow the Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Religious Education lessons support all of our pupils in developing a deeper understanding of a range of religious beliefs and traditions.
Religious Education is intrinsically linked to other areas of the curriculum and enhances learning, by deepening thought and engagement.
For instance, links may be made with:
PSHE/RSE - citizenship, democracy and human rights
SMSC - spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
British values - mutual respect and tolerance
Our curriculum teaching of Religious Education enables pupils to make sense of beliefs, make connections between beliefs and understand the impact upon beliefs. Pupils in Early Years to KS3 engage in multi-sensory sessions to enhance their understanding of religions. These sessions include sensory stories, music, handling of religious artefacts/ symbols and exploring photos, videos and drama.
RE lessons focus on the ideas of ‘discovering, exploring, connecting and responding’ from this agreed syllabus. Pupils explore authentic and central concepts from religions, on the basis of what will connect with pupils’ experiences and enable them to respond.
RE teaching is enhanced by educational visits to local places of worship including a Synagogue, a Hindu Mandir, a Mosque, and a Sikh temple (and Gurdwara Langar). Pupils attend annual services at the local church including Nativity, harvest festival and Easter. Visitors are invited to the school to share their faith and answer pupils’ questions.