RE is taught at Selby Community Primary School to ensure that children have a grasp of religion and beliefs as a set of ideas and practices which have shaped and continue to shape our world.
Religious education is an exploration of the influence of religions and beliefs on individuals, culture, behaviour and national life.
Understanding this gives our children an ability to be educated citizens of Selby, The United Kingdom and The World.
At Selby Community Primary School, we strive to promote understanding of, and interest in, the major world faiths, in accordance with the North Yorkshire Syllabus for Religious Education. We believe at this school that RE both supports and strengthens what we aim to do in every aspect of school life. Our caring ethos and the value which we place on the development of the whole child; spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually, is reflected in the RE curriculum.
Our aims for Religious Education at Selby Community Primary School are:
- All pupils will acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of principal world faiths practised in Great Britain. These include Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
- All pupils will develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures, including the local community.
- All pupils will develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues with reference to the teachings of the principal religions.
All pupils will enhance their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by:
- developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life and how religious beliefs and practices can relate to them
- responding to the fundamental questions of life with reference to religious beliefs and practices
- reflecting on their beliefs, values and experiences
- expressing their own viewpoints in a thoughtful, reasoned and considerate way
- All pupils will recognise the right of people
to hold different beliefs within an ethnically and socially diverse society. As a Rights Respecting school, we introduce the
children to the articles within the United Nations Convention on the Rights
of the Child that refer to religious belief and practice, and encourage
them to understand and promote these amongst themselves and in the wider
- Article 14 states that every child has the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion.
- Article 30 maintains the right of every child to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family.
In addition to learning in the classroom, we broaden the children’s experience through visits to places of worship and by faith visitors coming into school. We celebrate Harvest, Christmas and Easter with visits to our local church St James’ or to Selby Abbey. We also have close links with King’s Church, who visit us termly for assemblies.
We are committed to ensuring that all children make excellent progress in their knowledge, understanding and skills in RE. Our expectations for what should be achieved by the end of each year group are divided into two key areas:
- Learning about religions and belief
- Learning from religions and belief
We also believe that children should be provided with the opportunity to exceed these expectations and demonstrate ‘Mastery’ of these concepts where they are able. At Selby CP, we consider ‘Mastery’ to be the ability to communicate their understanding of beliefs to a greater depth.