Airedale Academy’s Religious Education Curriculum Intent Statement
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Airedale Academy’s Religious Education Curriculum Intent
● The Religious Education curriculum is based on three core principles of knowledge and understanding, expressing ideas and gaining skills.
● The Religious Education curriculum is inquiry based and will allow the students to develop an understanding of a variety of religions and worldviews which will allow them to answer big human questions surrounding these topics in a critical way.
● Our teaching and learning will enable the students to respond to questions surrounding the purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human in a balanced and critical way drawing on the knowledge gained of the different religions followed in a local, national and global contexts.
● The curriculum will allow students to appreciate the value of different sources of information. It will expose the students to different sources of information and give the students the skills that will enable students to critically evaluate these sources and respond to them in a respectful way.
● The curriculum will challenge students' ideas of religions and worldviews in order for them to develop their own values, identities and beliefs.
● The curriculum will give the students the skills and knowledge to not only give their own beliefs and values but respect others' views when they are different from their own.
The religious education curriculum will be implemented through discreet form time sessions once per week. Within these sessions students will complete blocks of work investigating the histories of different religions practised in the UK as well as the modern day practices of different religions allowing them to develop enquiry skills to answer questions surrounding each topic of work. Along with form time sessions once a week students will have two assemblies per half term with a religious big question focus. These assemblies will then link directly to a big question that will be completed in form time sessions.
Alongside the form time sessions students will take part in drop down sessions once per half term where they will complete sessions within a half day block. Where appropriate students will also have the opportunity to be involved in dropdown sessions with key speakers from the local religious community.
The Religious Education curriculum will ensure that all students have knowledge and understanding of the religions practiced within the UK. It will also give the students knowledge of worldviews. This will allow them to recognise that the beliefs and practices followed in the UK are diverse amongst communities and individuals and that these diverse beliefs are as valued and valid as each other. The curriculum will give the students the skills needed to investigate big life issues and questions allowing them to critically evaluate sources of information in an informed and balanced way.
The Religious education curriculum will allow students to form their own ideas and opinions surrounding issues including nature, the impact of religions and worldviews and express these ideas in a mature and insightful manner. The curriculum will allow students to personally and critically reflect on their own beliefs and those of others surrounding identity, diversity and ethical issues. It will also allow students to appreciate and appraise the varied dimensions of religion.
The Religious education curriculum will allow the students to gain and deploy skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews. This will allow them to investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose. It will also allow the students to investigate how different individuals and communitie