At Paston Ridings Primary School, we want to embrace and celebrate the diverse culture of our school, as well as our local community. We want staff and pupils to have a secure understanding of each other, no matter what their own beliefs are, but to also allow them the chance to develop their own points of view. We feel it is of vital importance that pupils have opportunities to encounter real life experiences through visits to different places of worship, opening their horizons beyond just the local community. We also believe in empowering our pupils, who have their own beliefs, allowing them the opportunity to share their own experiences with their peers. We aim for Religious Education to be an integral part of school life, celebrating each individual whilst fostering an attitude of respect and understanding.
The School follows 'The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2018-2023' (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Rutland and Northamptonshire), and pupils explore the beliefs of other world faiths and compare and contrast them to Christianity. Throughout, it is our aim to develop a greater understanding, respect and knowledge of all faiths and thereby encourage a greater sense of citizenship. Parents have a statutory right to withdraw their child from RE and School Assemblies if they wish. If you would like to exercise this right please inform the Headteacher in writing.
Early Years Foundation Stage
During the children's time in Reception, they learn about key celebrations in the Christian calendar such as Christmas and Easter. This learning is supported though visits to the local church, All Saint's Church, Paston. The local Rector also visits the Reception classes on a regular basis, to share bible stories with the children. The children take part in other festival celebration days such as; Diwali, Eid and Chinese New Year, where their learning takes place through stories, role-play, art and food tasting.
Throughout the year the children will be learning about how various Christian festivals are celebrated and discover the importance of family to Muslims. During the year the children will take part in two visits to All Saints Church, Paston.
The children will be again looking at the importance of the family in different faiths, and will be learning about the different festivals and religious ceremonies. They will look at a variety of special faith books and study stories relating to Jesus as a leader. The children will also begin to develop an understanding of different places of worship. They will take part in a visit to All Saints Church, Paston and a local Mosque.
The children will begin making comparisons between the Christian faith and other religions, they will learn about Jewish family life and build upon their prior knowledge of Islam. In the Autumn term, the children will find out about Hinduism, the various stories related to the faith and visit the Bharat Hindu Samaj Temple.
In the Autumn term, the children will be given the opportunity to find out about Sikhism and again make links and comparisons to other faiths. During the Spring term, they will revisit the Christian faith and learn about different places of Christian worship. In the Summer Term, will use their knowledge of the different faiths to make comparisons between good and evil and find out more about peace. In the Autumn Term, the children will visit a local Sikh Temple.
Throughout the year the children will be given the opportunity to enquire about various faiths including Christianity, Islam and Sikhism. Again they will be encouraged to make links and compare different beliefs on topics such as, words of wisdom, art and music in religion and what does it mean to be a person of Faith today? The children will take part in a visit to a local Mosque during the Summer Term.
During the year the children will be encouraged to consider God and the circle of life. They will learn about various people of faith who have demonstrated courage and commitment and the milestones in life. They will also find out about Buddhism and take part in a visit to the Drolma Buddhist Centre.
We look forward to sharing some of our Religious Education learning and experiences with parents, though celebration assemblies