Subject Leader – Hayley Kennerley
At Pendle Primary School we understand the need to prepare children to be well-rounded, active participants in their community. One of the ways we aim to do this is by providing children with knowledge and understanding of a variety of religious beliefs.
The teaching of RE therefore includes, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism. We do however spend more hours teaching Christianity in accordance with national guidelines.
The latest demographic profiling information from Ribble Valley Borough Council shows that the Ribble Valley is 85.31% Christian, 8.22% No Religion, 0.61% Muslim, 0.12% Buddhist, 0.01% Sikh, 0.14% Hindu and 0.05% Jewish. This data is also reflected in the cohort of pupils in school, with the majority being Christian or of no religion and a minority of other faiths. We are also aware through studying data that there seems to be an increasing number of pupils starting school specified as having no religion.
The impact of studying this data has developed recognition of the need to enable our children to have the necessary knowledge, understanding and tolerance to live in a multi-cultural, multi-faith society, preparing them for adult life. We want our children to know how religious education enables them to combat prejudice and develop an ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues.
We believe through the teaching of RE we can contribute to pupils’ personal development and well-being and develop community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. We work with Building Bridges in Burnley who work in partnership with Lancashire SACRE to provide our school with specialist support to bring Religious Education to life and promote community cohesion. Through this support we are able to enrich the children’s learning through regular faith visitors coming into school, visits to places of worship and special assemblies hosted by visitors of faith in school.
We have many children in school who are incredibly knowledgeable and proud of their faith. These children voluntarily nominate themselves to become a Faith Ambassador in school.
The role of a Faith Ambassador may involve some of the following tasks:
We implement whole school religious themed days in school and these have proved to be both enjoyable and beneficial to raise awareness and develop opportunities for our children to have a better understanding of belief, faith and culture. There is no specific ‘Religious Education’ within the Foundation Stage but it has links with the area of learning ‘People and Communities’ and classes with reception children join in with the whole school themed days.
Through RE, we aim to provide opportunities for children to: