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 also use the new ‘Understanding Christianity’ resource. 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. They also learn about Christianity and Judaism. In KS1, the children develop their knowledge and understanding further with a focus on Hinduism and Islam. The whole syllabus is based around big questions which make us all think, such as, ‘How and why do people pray?’, ‘Why are festivals important to religious communities?’ and ‘Why do some people think that life is a journey?’.
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 were 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.