At Gillibrand, we pride ourselves on the relationships that we have built within our local and wider community. As a school we believe that it is important for all children to be given the opportunity to visit faith centres within our wider community and meet members of the community from different faiths. As such we regularly welcome visitors into school to share their beliefs in order to support pupils’ knowledge and understanding of different beliefs. For example, over the last year we have visited the Hindu Temple, Buddhist Temple and had visitors for the Sikh and Christian community to work with our children. To support our school, we have developed strong links with our local church. Annually, we hold our Harvest Festival at the church. It is attended by parents and the church community.
We believe that RE develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of religion and religious faiths and beliefs through questioning and first-hand experiences. By exploring issues within and across faiths, pupils learn to understand and respect different religions by seeking answers to their questions. As a school we use the Agreed Lancashire Syllabus of Religious Education. This seeks to support children to develop and affirm their own beliefs, values and attitudes through an exploration of shared human experiences.
Our programme of Religious Education provides pupils with an opportunity to:
- develop principles for distinguishing right from wrong
- promote equality of opportunity and enable pupils to challenge discrimination and stereotyping
develop pupils’ ability to relate to others and work for the common good
- respond positively to opportunities and responsibilities
- manage risk and to cope with change throughout their lives
- approach with sensitivity and respect the beliefs, actions and feelings of other believers
- appreciate relationships between personal and shared religion
- develop appropriate ways of communicating their own thoughts, feelings and responses
- apply the insights derived from the process of Religious Education to the development of their own beliefs, values and attitudes
- develop pupils’ skills of enquiry and response using distinctive language, listening and empathy