Religious Education enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. At Yarlside Academy, we develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths, and we address the fundamental questions in life, for example, the meaning of life and the existence of a divine spirit. We enable the children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions, especially those that are the main faiths of the children within our school. Children reflect on what it is to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help children to learn from religions as well as about religions.
We plan our RE in accordance to the Cumbria SACRE Agreed Syllabus focusing on Christianity and Buddhism at KS1 and Christianity and Islam at KS2. We ensure the topic studied build upon prior learning. We offer opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each unit, and we ensure that the planned progression built into the scheme of work offers the children an increasing challenge as they move through the school. At Yarlside Academy RE also contribute to the five outcomes of Every Child Matters.
We invite representatives of
different religious groups to come into school and talk to the children.
A group called ‘Open the Book’ from St. Paul’s
C of E church lead the morning assembly for the whole school once a month.
The Rev. Robin Ham leads a whole school assembly on a regular basis and also delivers the Cumbria Bible Challenge to Years 3 & 4.
Imran Kotwal from Muslim Learner Services visits school to lead a whole school assembly, and deliver workshops with classes throughout KS1 & 2.
Imran also delivers staff inset training on Islam.
We organise visits to local places of worship, such as the local Anglican church and the Manjushri Kadampa Temple at Ulveston.
The children in Year 6 visit St. Paul’s Cathedral as part of their London Residential trip
Collective worship at Yarlside takes
place daily either as a whole school
or within the classroom. It is a time to celebrate the communal identity of the school. It is planned, often rooted in a theme or concept. It involves exploration and celebration of the things the school holds of value and meaning. It is a joyful, reflective celebration and sometimes a solemn reassurance. It is a coming together, an opportunity for talents to be highlighted. It involves responsibility and reciprocity with a variety of different content.