At Meadowside Primary School it is our aim to allow pupils to explore their own beliefs and traditions and those of others in a meaningful way. We believe that it is vital for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. Through Religious Education, pupils develop their knowledge of the world’s faiths, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences.
At Meadowside Primary School we follow the Northamptonshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. All the learning has an enquiry based approach and is relevant for all learners, whether they have a faith or not. Each area of study is based around a question that enables children to be active, thoughtful, reflective and expressive in their thoughts. We use a range of teaching and learning styles, including activities such as discussion, role-play, religious stories, games, circle-time, problem-solving activities, use of artefacts and outdoor learning. At Meadowside Primary School, children are informed about a variety of religious festivals that take place throughout the year to demonstrate how people with different religious beliefs live and worship alongside each other. Our Religious Education curriculum is enhanced further with outside visitors and trips to places of worship in our local area.
Meadowsides holistic approach to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) and British Values helps to prepare pupils for life in the 21st century. RE develops pupils' knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other religious traditions and non-religious views and explores their responses to life's challenges. The RE curriculum refers to those who live out their beliefs and values in their daily lives and within their own communities. This gives pupils the knowledge and skills to thrive both within their own community and as members of a diverse and global society.