Our principal aim in RE is to enable our children to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live. RE is embedded throughout the curriculum with strong links to learning in PSHCE, Citizenship, History and Geography. RE at Heaton Park reinforces our whole school behaviour policy: We are kind and respectful. Children are taught to respect diversity and accept and celebrate the differences in everyone.
We use the Bury Agreed syllabus which covers Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism. Other religions and world beliefs are studied such as Sikhism, Buddhism and Humanism. We ensure our RE curriculum acknowledges the varied faiths of our children. We celebrate our differences and make links between all beliefs, ensuring our children have a broad understanding and appreciation of how different beliefs impact on the way people live.
Our pupils will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief. After each unit of study, children reflect on their own ideas and way of living. The knowledge and skills that children acquire as they develop through school are regularly observed, assessed and revisited so that children can build on their prior knowledge and develop their understanding of a variety of world views.
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Festivals and significant religious events
The Bury Agreed Syllabus covers the significant religious festivals and events in Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism. We also acknowledge and share religious festivals and events not covered by the syllabus. These include the Sikh festivals of Guru Nanak, Vaisakhi, Guru Granthseib and Diwali and the Buddhist festivals of Vesak and Dharma Day. We offer children of these faiths an opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences of these festivals and we also invite guest speakers in to talk to classes or in assemblies.