At Swalwell Primary School we follow the Gateshead agreed syllabus for Religious Education (2018). As such we see RE as a means of preparing children for life in contemporary Britain, by giving our children an understanding of the diverse and wide range of beliefs among the population. It is the right of all people to make these very personal choices and we teach children to respect this and understand the different practices of faith among our community locally, nationally and globally. RE enables children to engage with the big questions about their life in the world and will develop their sense of personal identity and belonging.
The Gateshead RE syllabus focuses on four main religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. There is a greater focus on Christianity because of Britain being a Christian country but the programme of study still introduces the culture and religious beliefs of the other main religions that are practised in our local, national and international community. We teach RE every week and enrich it with national events form the Multi faith calendar, visiting places of worship and visitors. We aim that our pupils will develop an understanding of how people who come from the different religions share common principles and values whilst also explaining the meaning behind the diverse practices from these religions. Our curriculum is organised to ensure that children learn about the different religions across the different year groups in order that they can revisit as they mature and develop their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
Please see the links for the schools Medium Term Plan and Gateshead Agreed Syllabus. If you would like any further information regarding our RE curriculum then please contact the school.
At Swalwell we believe that all children should be fully included in all aspects of learning. As such RE lessons are delivered in a way to meet the needs of all children, using a combination of teaching methods to ensure that all children are able to access learning and are engaged in the topic. Whenever possible artefacts will be used to support teaching to allow learning to take place through touch as well as sight. Any printed material will be adjusted to allow access to all, such as increasing font size or changing backgrounds. Children will receive adult support when required to access the learning and technology is made good use of to allow access for all through personal IPADs for those who require them. All activities, including educational visits and group activities are carefully planned to ensure that all children can access all aspects of the experiences.