Religious Education at Ladybridge
At Ladybridge, the aim of Religious Education is for all our pupils to develop positive attitudes and respect towards each other and to people from all religions and world views. We aim to promote the cognitive, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all our learners and, in so doing, ensure they are able to make informed choices about how they want to live their lives whilst also demonstrating empathy and understanding for the faiths of the other people they meet. We want them to be prepared for active citizenship in a diverse and rapidly changing world.
At Ladybridge, the teaching of Religious Education reflects the overall aims, values and philosophy of the school. We follow the Stockport Agreed Syllabus of 2016 and its accompanying Scheme of Work. In line with the school’s approach to curriculum delivery, Religious Education is enquiry based, each term’s learning posed to the children in the form of a question which aims to challenge their thinking.
Across the year, the children explore the 3 strands of Believing, Expressing and Living in relation to different faiths including Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. Teachers ensure that pupils explore the key questions for their year group, adapting lessons to make them pertinent to their particular cohort and in order to ensure progression from one year group to the next.
We recognise our local area as vibrant and unique, so we encourage our pupils to share their experiences and to learn from one another. Comparisons between different faiths and beliefs are actively encouraged and, as such, the children are able to develop the depth of their knowledge and understanding in engaged and engaging ways, involving open enquiry, lively debate and, wherever possible, first-hand experiences. We have close links with our local church.
The teaching of Religious Education unites the children of Ladybridge. They are able to make links between their own and their friends’ lives and those of others in our community and the wider world. We provide them with the behaviours, attitudes and the skills needed to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues.
The success of our Religious Education curriculum is measured through regular assessment, ongoing throughout and at the end of a unit of work. This assessment can be in a variety of ways, including the scrutiny of children’s work/class book, formal and informal lesson observations, discussion with pupils, and displays. Outcomes and progress are tracked each year and monitored by the RE subject co-ordinator.