The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education was revised for 2017 and as a maintained school we are required by the Education Reform Act (1988) to follow the local Agreed Syllabus delivered by SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education). Through this children learn about and from Christianity, as the main religion of Great Britain; but also other principle religions, learning to compare the different teachings of other faiths around the world. They will gain knowledge and understanding of religion, and build their confidence to share and express ideas, beliefs and insights through these world religions. In addition, children gain an understanding of people who practice non-religious worldviews and of families with no faith. We believe this now offers a true reflection of the diverse backgrounds of children at Buckland school.
SACRE supports pupils’ personal development, including their spiritual, moral, social and cultural needs and understanding. This is achieved through learning supported by stories, poems, role-play, discussion, music, exploring artefacts and having time for reflection. Thereby creating opportunities for children to grow and tolerate the beliefs of others, fostering respect and gaining a deeper understanding of how religion can contribute to people’s lives.
At Buckland, Key Stage One children learn about Christianity, Judaism and Islam, considering bigger questions such as, ‘What do Christians believe God is like?’ and ‘Why should we look after our world’ (covering environmental as well as religious thinking). Whereas, Key Stage Two children gain deeper thinking by consider big questions such as, ‘How is God Three, and yet One?’ They also begin to explore Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and then compare these religions, including non-religious worldviews such as Humanism. Progression in RE through ‘What’s the ‘big idea’ about Easter, Christmas, The Church, Bible and Jesus Christ is now scaffolded and built upon as children grow from EYFS to Year 6.
We have short daily assemblies which are designed to support the learning of tolerance and respect for one another in each child, and to be a point of contact and reflection for the whole school community.
Please Note: Should parents wish their child/ren not to take part in Collective Acts of Worship, or Religious Education, please discuss this with the headteacher. We are, however, keen that as far as possible all children should feel comfortable in assemblies and find them enjoyable and inspiring.