The school follows the Gateshead Local Authority agreed syllabus for R.E. Our curriculum is designed to develop a curriculum designed specifically to meet the learning needs of children at Falla Park, using a skilled based approach to learning. Children and staff participate in a daily, collective act of worship either as a whole school, within a key stage or as a class. R.E. lessons and religious assemblies aim to develop the moral and spiritual development of the children.
The main focus is learning about Christianity, but other major world religions are also taught. We want children to have awareness of, as well as respect and tolerance for, all people and their religions. As we live in a multi-cultural society we feel that our teaching should reflect this along with a strong emphasis on moral teaching and values.
In RE we aim to:
- Provoke challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
- Develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions and religious traditions, world views and non-religious belief systems that offer answers to questions such as these.
- Offer opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development and enhance pupils’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
- Encourage pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. It should challenge them to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.
- Encourage pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging, enabling them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a plural society and global community.
- Prepare pupils for adult life, employment and life-long learning and enable them to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own.
- Promote discernment and enable pupils to combat prejudice.
Parents and Carers have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education, and should contact the Head Teacher if they wish to discuss the matter.