At Warstones we deliver the Wolverhampton Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education Each year group studies four units per year and each unit help children to learn about other people’s religion and the skills of communication, tolerance, empathy and respect. Religious Education contributes to pupil’s spiritual, moral, cultural intellectual, social and physical development. The aims of the Religious Education programme are to help pupils develop knowledge and understanding of religious belief and practice and an understanding of the influence and impact of religious beliefs on people’s lives. We aim to develop the children’s ability to discuss and consider some of the issues arising from the study of religion.
During lessons pupils will have opportunities to watch appropriate video clips, read stories and study artefacts. They will have time to develop the skills of discussion, investigation, empathy, interpretation, evaluation, reflection, analysis and expression. The pupils will have the opportunity to respond to material in a variety of ways. This will be through; poems, stories, reports on visits, the preparation of food, art and craft activities, music, speaking and listening, displays and the personal behaviour of the children themselves by being fair, respectful and understanding. The children will be enabled to build coherent frame work of values in their own lives and commitment to these values.
Some year groups have the opportunity to visit places of worship to gain first hand experiences, including a Sikh Gurdwara and St Joseph's Church.
In November a group of eight Year 5 children attended a Tolerance For All Conference at The Way, Wolverhampton. They worked with children from schools across Wolverhampton, on activities that included hotseating and model making. They discussed the opinions of their own religion, other people's religion and those of no religion.