At its very best, education should enable the flourishing of all children and young people as they grow. RE plays a crucial role in this as it looks at what it is to be human and how we engage well with one another and with the world around us.
We follow the City of York’s Agreed Syllabus and we are also beginning to use the new ‘Understanding Christianity’ resource launched recently. The children in KS1 focus on a variety of festivals such as Diwali, Christmas, Harvest and Light, within their class topics and read lots of stories from around the world. In Y3/4 there is a focus on Sikhism and in Y5/6 a focus on Islam, as well as probing deeper questions which make us all think, such as, ‘How and why do people pray?’ where a variety of religions are looked into.
Our Year 3/4 children take part in the Archbishop of York Youth Trust Young Leaders Award, learning all about their local community and how they can improve it, so developing their leadership skills. Our KS1 children have recently been one of only two York schools to pilot the KS1 Young Leaders award, giving our younger children in school an opportunity to develop their leadership, communication and co-operation skills.