Religious Education (RE) is an important curriculum subject and a key component of a broad, balanced and rich curriculum.
Our vision at Sutton CP is of a community where people of different beliefs and religions live side by side, displaying mutual respect, understanding and friendship. It is essential that our children and young people are supported in developing these qualities and, whilst growing in confidence, achieve a level of critical awareness that helps them to become builders and shapers of a better world.
RE, through our teaching, will encourage and enable pupils to explore their own and other people’s beliefs, values and traditions in meaningful and engaging ways. It will encourage pupils to share their diverse range of experiences and grow individually and together with sensitivity and respect towards people of all faiths and none.
We follow the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus for RE which provides many opportunities for our children to challenge stereotypical views and to appreciate difference positively. The syllabus enables all pupils to consider the impact of people’s beliefs on their actions and ways of life. The syllabus contributes to pupils’ personal development and the schools’ provision for spiritual, moral, spiritual and cultural development (SMSC) and British Values. It provides a key context to develop children and young people’s understanding and appreciation of diversity, to promote shared values and to challenge all forms of racism and discrimination. Increasing diversity and pluralism is part of the demographic picture, and the wider region is home to many diverse and active faith communities. We are educating children in their own locality, but also to live in a wider region, the UK and as world citizens.