Mrs Rachel Sizer
Religious Education Subject Leader
Mrs Jean Williams
Religious Education Link Governor
At Newchurch Primary School the teaching of Religious Education allows the children to discover and gain knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other religions within the world that we live. We believe that our Religious Education curriculum is vital as it provides opportunities for the children to explore religious beliefs but also allows them to begin to appreciate how these beliefs shape people’s lives and the choices they make. The children are encouraged to respect the beliefs and views of others and also to reflect on their own values and experiences.
Newchurch follows the Warrington and Lancashire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education with the curriculum covering the religions of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism. As a school we value the religious backgrounds of all members of the school community and all religions are treated with respect and sensitivity.
Each unit of work will focus on a key question which will then be explored through the four following areas:
- Shared Human Experience
- Living Religious Tradition
- Beliefs and Values
- The Search for Personal Meaning
The teaching and learning of RE will include the use of stories, artefacts, videos, role-play, written work, visiting speakers and visits to places of worship. These experiences will give valuable insight into the diverse beliefs and cultural values and traditions held by people today and will enhance the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through links made between their own lives and those of others in their community and the wider world.
During their time at Newchurch, the children are provided with the experience of visiting other places of worship linked to the religions they study. This includes a visit to local churches and cathedrals, a mosque, a synagogue and a Buddhist temple.
In addition to this, children in Year Two attend All Saint’s Church in Newton-le-Willows for the Christmas Journey and Year Five attend for the Easter Journey. This is a re-enactment of these key celebrations in the Christian calendar.