At Menheniot Primary we follow the ‘Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2020’. This specifies that a religiously educated pupil in Cornwall must have the opportunity to:
acquire knowledge and understanding of religions in Cornwall in the present day;
acquire knowledge and understanding of how religious traditions have shaped the identity of Cornwall;
acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain;
develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures;
develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about issues arising from the study of religions;
reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences as part of their study.
The syllabus states that religion should take up 5% of curriculum time in any one academic year. Collective worship is not included in this time allocation. Commitment, fairness, respect, self-understanding, enquiry and openness are the qualities that will be fostered though Religious Education.
The two attainment targets for Religious Education are as below:
Attainment Target 1 Learning about Religions
(Knowledge and Understanding of Religion)
Pupils learn about the beliefs, teachings and practices of religion. They learn about the ‘nature’ and demands of ultimate questions and about the nature of a faith response.
This includes the ability to:
Identify religious beliefs and teachings in order to give a coherent account of a believer’s response to the world.
Describe religious practice and lifestyles in a religious tradition and compare and contrast that with others.
Explain the meaning of religious language, story and symbolism.
Attainment Target 2 Learning from Religion
(Reflection on Meaning)
Learning from religion is what pupils learn from their studies about themselves. This includes the ability to:
Explore human identity, personality and experience
Reflect upon questions of meaning and purpose
Identify and respond to values and commitments in themselves and others
Withdrawal from RE
RE is part of the curriculum for all schools as set out in the 1996 Education Act and in the Schools Standards and Framework Act and must be taught to all pupils, however, parents do have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of RE. This is done in consultation with the Headteacher so that agreement can be reached as to how the withdrawal can best be managed. Appropriate work should be provided by the parents/ carers. In accordance with the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2020 R.E. should be taught for 36 hours per year at KS1 and 45 hours at KS2.
Religious Education in Early Years
Pupils will encounter religions and worldviews through special people, books, times, places and objects and by visiting places of worship. They will listen to and talk about stories. They will be introduced to subject specific words and use all of their senses to explore beliefs, practices and forms of expression. They will ask questions and reflect upon their own feelings and experiences. They will use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation of and wonder at the world in which they live.
Through the year they will achieve this through the celebration and experience of festivals and celebrations:
They will also celebrate two Cornish festivals e.g. St Piran’s Day, Obby ‘Oss or local Saint’s days to enable pupils to recognise key themes of human experience within their own lives and the lives around them.
In addition they will be read stories from both the New Testament and the Old Testament.