Like many other schools within the local authority, we follow the Kirklees Agreed Syllabus for RE which includes many interesting topics covering four of the main world religions: Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Sikhism. This syllabus includes religious and non religious views, raising children’s awareness of the
diversity that exists within our communities and giving them a voice to respectfully express themselves and listen to the view of others.
Each of the topics, across both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, gives children the opportunity to ask questions about aspects of the religions and to learn about the related beliefs, practices and stories. Children then compare their findings with aspects of other known religions and to their own beliefs, before investigating how these can impact on how people live their lives. The children respond brilliantly to this approach to topics and it generates a fantastic amount of discussion!
All our RE teaching and learning at Old Bank Academy aims to help children in their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development and links closely with the British Values. These thread through the whole of our school curriculum and are as follows: Democracy, The Rule of Law,
Mutual Respect, Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and Individual Liberty. The school maintains a close relationship with the priest of the local church, who often leads assemblies and activities. Staff in school also have an open relationship with parents, where families bring in religious artefacts to support a hands on learning approach.