The Cornwall Agreed Syllabus states that: ‘the principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living’. This curriculum ‘enables our pupils to develop a coherent understanding of different religions, by studying one religion at a time before bringing together and comparing different traditions’.
Our approach to the teaching of Religious Education in Falmouth Primary Academy, is built around the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus’ three main aims:
- Making sense of a range of religious beliefs
- Understanding the impact and significance of religious and non-religious beliefs
- Making connections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts, practise and ideas studied.
‘RE is not simply about gaining knowledge and understanding about religions and beliefs. It also helps pupils to develop their own understanding of the world and how to live, in the light of their learning, developing understanding, skills and attitudes. It makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well as important opportunities for exploring British values.’
Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2020-2025
In our Reception classes, children will encounter Christianity and other faiths present in their communities. In Key Stage 1, children will start exploring Christianity, Judaism and Islam in more depth and will expand their knowledge of these, alongside Hinduism, in Key Stage 2. The Cornwall Agreed Syllabus uses a Spiral Curriculum approach – whereby pupils have the opportunity to revisit the same themes and religions as they move up through the different year groups, exploring them at a deeper level and with increasing complexity. This enables pupils to consolidate and build upon their existing knowledge, whilst deepening their understanding and skills.
We teach using a variety of exciting and engaging methods within our RE lessons. These include elements of drama and role play, stories, art and music. We provide opportunities for our pupils to go on educational visits and invite a range of visitors to the school to enhance their learning experiences.
At Falmouth Primary Academy there is a daily act of worship, which is either whole school or class/key stage based. This aims to make links with the themes explored within the RE curriculum. We additionally provide opportunities for pupils to explore different festivals and celebrations throughout the year, and relate these to the religions that they are studying.
Whilst our approach to RE is open, broad and explores a range of religious and non-religious worldviews, parents have the right to be able to withdraw their child from RE lessons, or any part of the RE curriculum. This must be requested in writing to the Headteacher.