Religious Education at Tower Road Academy
Religious Education has a significant role for the development of pupils' spiritual, social and cultural development. It promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs and encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection.
At Tower Road Academy, we believe that it is vital for all of our pupils to learn from and about different religions of the world so that they can understand the world around them. Through Religious Education, pupils develop their knowledge of Christianity, Islam and Hinduism and other world faiths. Pupils also develop 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.
How is Religious Education implemented at Tower Road?
We follow the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2018 -2023. Lessons are usually delivered as an RE day during each term rather than a weekly timetabled lesson.
Early Years Foundation stage
Children in EYFS
-learn about important religious celebrations through artefacts, stories and music
-listen to stories from religious traditions
-are taught to show respect for their own cultures and beliefs and those of other people
-are encouraged to ask questions about religion and culture as they encounter everyday experiences
-use religious artefacts
Key Stage 1 and 2
In both Key Stage 1 and 2, children will complete learning about Christianity and Islam. Pupils in Key Stage 2 will also study Hinduism. Other religions, beliefs and views will also be investigated through additional units during the Summer term. This allows the children to draw upon their knowledge of religions and compare and contrast their beliefs.
The teaching and learning in Religious Education is enriched, where possible, through the use of artefacts, visits to religious places of worship and through people coming into the school to talk to the pupils.