Religious Education at Shawclough Community Prim SACRE

Rochdale SACRE is proud to introduce its 2019 Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education to our schools. One of SACRE’s most important responsibilities is to provide a robust, relevant and user friendly RE curriculum for local schools.

This duty is even more essential in twenty-first century society. There is an increasing diversity in the range of cultures, belief systems and backgrounds of the people who live, work and worship in the borough, and, in the case of our children, who grow together and learn together.

For the people of our borough to grow and prosper together, the ability to communicate and to understand what makes people tick is vital. Implicit in this is the need to understand what people believe and how this affects them, whether they profess a specific religious faith, or have humanist or atheist beliefs.

Religious Education in Rochdale has no agenda to proselytise or to promote any one religion or faith over any other. We aim to encourage an understanding of what it means to be British in Rochdale, and our objective is for all Rochdale children to have an appreciation of all faiths. In this way we aim to facilitate and encourage respect for all, caring relationships, harmony and unity in the borough.

Religious Education develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of religion and their ability to respond to different religions presented in Great Britain. By exploring issues within and across faiths, pupils learn to understand and respect different religions, beliefs, values and traditions and their influence on individuals, societies, communities and cultures.

The Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education seeks to support children in Rochdale in reflecting upon, developing and affirming their own beliefs, values and attitudes through an exploration of shared human experiences and of the place and significance of religion in the contemporary world.

In order that such an aim is fulfilled, the programme of Religious Education will provide pupils with an opportunity to:

(i) develop principles for distinguishing right from wrong.
(ii) promote equality of opportunity and enable pupils to challenge discrimination and stereotyping
(iii) develop pupils’ ability to relate to others and work for the common good..
(iv) respond positively to opportunities and responsibilities, to manage risk and to cope with change throughout their lives
(v) approach with sensitivity and respect the beliefs, actions and feelings of other believers.
(vi) appreciate relationships between personal and shared religion.
(vii) develop appropriate ways of communicating their own thoughts, feelings and responses.
(viii) apply the insights derived from the process of Religious Education to the development of their own beliefs, values and attitudes.
(ix) develop pupils’ skills of enquiry and response through the use of distinctive language, listening and empathy.