Religious Education

RE at Adderely CE Primary School is taught in accordance with the requirements of the Shropshire Agreed Syllabus (renewed 2019).  Our RE Policy is available on the Policies and Procedures page.

RE teaching at this school will be in line with the recommendations of the Statement of Entitlement for Church Schools, published by the Church of England Education Office (June 2016).

Christianity will, therefore, be no less than two thirds of RE curriculum time. The teaching of Christianity is core to the teaching of RE in our Church of England school. However, as a Church school we have a duty to foster an accurate and increasing understanding of world religions and world views. As a result, pupils will gain greater insight into the world in which they are growing up. They will also learn to appreciate the faith of others and develop a deeper understanding of their own ideas and beliefs. These outcomes must contribute to harmonious relationships within and between communities, promoting social inclusion and combating prejudice and discrimination.

RE teaching also follows the legal requirements of the Education Reform Act (1988), which places RE as part of the basic curriculum; a statutory subject which is an entitlement for all pupils. Controlled schools (VC) must fulfil the legal requirements of the locally agreed syllabus. Adderely CE Primary School is a Voluntary Controlled school, and therefore we base our RE provision on the Shropshire Locally Agreed Syllabus (see below). In addition, the schools use the Lichfield Diocesan RE Guidelines, Understanding Christianity resources and other appropriate materials to plan and enhance teaching and learning. 

Religious Education at our school is centred around 14 key questions (see the Shropshire Agreed Syllabus). Six key concepts are explored through the questions: Identity, Diversity and Belonging; Practices and Ways of Life; Expressing Meaning; Values and Commitments; Beliefs, Teachings and Sources; Meaning, Purpose and Truth. Our RE Long Term Plan is available below.

The Shropshire Agreed Syllabus says that:

‘Religious Education should enhance learning through helping children:

  • to learn about religion: developing knowledge and understanding of religious experiences, insights, beliefs and practices
  • to learn from religion: to deepen or realise their own beliefs and respect the freedom of other people to hold beliefs different from their own, so preparing them for adult life as citizens in a plural society
  • to develop an awareness of a spiritual dimension to life
  • to develop an awareness that many people believe human life depends on an ultimate being or sustaining creative power, often referred to as God’

Our teaching of Religious Education, like all our school life, is rooted in our fundamental Christian values. We have eleven Christian values, which are: respect, thankfulness, courage, kindness, perseverance, friendship, forgiveness, patience, responsibility, truthfulness and trust.

Parents have the right to request that their child is withdrawn for Religious Education. Please contact the headteacher in the first instance if you feel this is something you wish to do.

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