Religious Education at Welton St Mary’s CE Primary Academy encourages children to express their experiences and beliefs in different ways such as through drama, music, poetry and art. Our key aims are:
- To enable each child to explore our shared human experience and the questions of meaning and purpose which arise from our experiences
- To enable pupils to know about and understand the beliefs and practices of some of the great religions of the world, particularly those represented in Lincolnshire and the UK. Among these religions, Christianity has a particular place, and is taught in each year of the primary phase.
- To promote respect, sensitivity and cultural awareness by teaching about the religions represented in the region and the country to affirm each child in his / her own family tradition, religious or secular to provide children with opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development to develop the ability of pupils to think about, and develop for themselves, beliefs and values by which they can live through studying concepts like celebration, the sacred, authority, religious belief and lifestyle, and through exploring the fundamental questions of life.
- To use a range of teaching and learning styles in order to engage and motivate all children.
At Welton St Mary’s Church of England Primary Academy, we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. Our school promotes an ethos that encourages pupils to develop their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural skills. We do this through the curriculum taught in classrooms, collective worship and using our school values in practise throughout the day. We foster a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures. We teach pupils how to value themselves and others as individuals and how to show respect. School values and classroom charters promote this in practise.
We aim to provide these outcomes for our pupils to develop their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural skills further:
Explore beliefs and experience; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work.
Appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
Religious Education Curriculum from September 2018
Welton St Mary’s Church of England Primary Academy is following the Lincolnshire locally agreed syllabus for Religious Education (2018-2022). This syllabus aims to help children and young people develop their religious literacy so that they are able to hold balanced and well-informed conversations about religions and beliefs. It requires schools to teach about Christianity, Hinduism and Islam, alongside a range of other religions and worldviews. In this academy, we have decided to teach Judaism and Humanism alongside the three core religions. The Lincolnshire locally agreed syllabus for Religious Education ensures that all children and young people have the opportunity to develop skills of critical analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection, as well as supporting schools to help them improve their knowledge and understanding of religion and belief.
Personal, Social and Health Education
This year, we have started to introduce a number of changes to the PSHE curriculum at Welton St. Mary’s. This is because a child’s world today is very different to the word we knew as children. It is therefore our responsibility to ensure that the children at our school become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.
In order to achieve this, we have a duty to ‘actively promote’ the fundamental British values of: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Within each year group in an age appropriate way, we will encourage discussion about: British values, e-safety and technology, terrorism, radicalisation, gang culture, diverse relationships and multicultural Britain. It is hoped that this will enable our pupils to:
- Regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance.
- Respect democracy and support participation in the democratic processes.
- Understand how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.
- Understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
You may also be aware that by September 2020, we are required in have introduced a number of changes to our RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) provision. We are starting this process this year, and more information will be provided later in the academic year.
Exciting news! We have recently purchased a new set of books for the library that focus on diverse relationships. If you would like to have a look at any of the texts, they will be displayed in the entrance for the next couple of weeks.