At Burraton Primary we follow the ‘Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2020’.
With our Burraton Intent at the heart of all teaching and learning, RE plays a significant role in ‘instilling a curiosity’ and supporting our future generations as ‘citizens who have an understanding of the global nature of our world’. Through our RE curriculum, we provide opportunities to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of world religions. Taught within a creative and exciting curriculum, we aim to engage children in sustained shared thinking about significant human questions which are addressed through different religions and worldviews. We support children to develop the understanding and skills they need to consider varied responses to these questions and develop their own views and ideas over time, equipping them with knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to survive in the world in which we live. In school, we follow the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2020, the principle aim being to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and beliefs, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
Our caring ethos, and the value which we place on the development of the whole child; spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually, is reflected in the RE curriculum.
Within the RE curriculum, the focus on learning is based on three main things: Making sense of a range of religions and beliefs, understanding the impact of religion and beliefs and making connections between different religions and beliefs. The teaching of Religious Education takes 5% of curriculum time in any one academic year, as specified in the Agreed Syllabus. Collective worship is not included in this time allocation. Commitment, fairness, respect, tolerance, self-understanding, enquiry and openness are the qualities which we aim to foster through the teaching of Religious Education. Children are encouraged to be reflective and open minded as learners, and are provided with the opportunity to ask and answer questions linked to different religions.
Withdrawal from Religious Education
This was first granted when RE was a religious instruction and carried with it connotations of induction into the Christian faith. RE is very different now – open, broad, exploring a range of religious and non-religious worldviews. However, parents have a right to withdraw their child from RE in whole or in part, as indicated in the school’s prospectus. If a parent wishes to withdraw their child they must write in the first instance to the Head teacher who will then invite them in to see if it will be possible to keep them in RE and, if failing that, how the withdrawal will be managed. The School Standards and Framework Act sets out the options for parents and the school currently acts on the advice of Cornwall SACRE in this regard. Teachers may also withdraw from the teaching of RE (DFE Circular 1/94 paragraphs 44-49.note 2)
Please find below a video on Religious Education at Burraton