Faith and belief
Vision for RE
At Dove Bank, we aim to equip our children with the skills necessary to understand the world around them including faith and belief.
They are encouraged to explore, discuss and understand religious beliefs of all kinds with an open mind.
They are taught to express their own belief and respect beliefs held by others.
Tolerating other faiths and religions by learning about the similarities and differences will equip our pupils to thrive in today’s multi-cultural society.
We follow the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education which divides the curriculum into age-appropriate units to explore faith and religion by means of questioning.
We also benefit from regular visits from the Open the Book team who re-enact Bible stories for our assemblies once a month.
We are well resourced with Bibles and religious artefacts to enhance our learning.
Subject Leader Biography
Hello everyone, my name is Mrs Heath and I am delighted to be the RE subject leader at Dove Bank.
I enjoy finding out more about the subject so I can stimulate the children’s learning with exciting experiences.
We have sometimes visited churches and had craft days to understand the celebrations of other faiths.
I attend network meetings to keep up to date with any changes to the curriculum as they occur.
- High Quality teaching – through our weekly Religious Education lessons, we aim to engage, motivate and educate children by teaching high quality lessons. Using Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus, we will help us deliver an effective Religious Educational experience for our pupils.
- Staff Subject Knowledge – at Dove Bank, we are always looking to develop our own practise. Through effective CPD we aim to further enhance our staff subject knowledge and confidence with the teaching of Religious Education. The subject leader keeps up to date with changes in the curriculum to share with staff.
- World Religions – we aim to educate our pupils to understand different faiths as well as Christianity. We will plan a whole school structure where children in each year group have key religions to teach.
At Dove Bank Primary, we believe that it is important for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them.
The aim of Religious Education in our school is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
It plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHE, in promoting social awareness and understanding in our children.
We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences.
We include and promote British values, ensuring that children are aware of their rights and responsibilities as UK citizens.
Our curriculum is designed to encourage creativity, imagination, enquiry, debate, discussion and independence.
At Dove Bank, we use the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, which is reviewed regularly, as the basis for our curriculum. The units of work are carefully chosen to reflect the aims and interests of the school.
KS1 - Christianity is studied (and one other principal religion in some depth).
KS2 – Christianity is studied (and two other principal religions in some depth)
There are no presumptions made as to the religious backgrounds and beliefs and values of the children and the staff.
We value the religious background of all members of the school community and hope that this will encourage individuals to share their own experiences with others freely.
All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links, which are, and can be made between home, school, and a faith community.
We promote teaching in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible for both staff and children.
We invite the local Open the Book team to visit regularly to conduct assemblies. Their re-enactment of Bible stories enhances our learning experience.
The children at Dove Bank Primary enjoy learning about other religions and their impact on people who choose to follow them.
Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world, developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life.