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Religious Education (RE)

At Overfields we aim to equip children with the knowledge, understanding, tolerance and empathy to live in an increasingly muticultural and multi-faith society.

We want to celebrate culture and diversity and we recognise that for many people in our community, religion is a crucial part of their identity. Children growing up today need an awareness and understanding of religion as it is developing in Britain. We want our Religious Education to provide opportunities to encourage respect for others, to challenge stereotypes and to build an understanding of cultures and beliefs that may be different to our own.

Our beliefs inform our values and what we say and how we behave. Our RE curriculum promotes a positive and inclusive school that values democracy and human rights. By using challenging questions. we encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs, to develop their respect and understanding for others and their rights and responsibilities to society.

To see the way that teaching and learning in RE supports our school’s wider curriculum vision, click below:

Teaching and learning in Religious Education

We follow the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education developed by the Redcar & Cleveland Council Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE). The SACRE brings together members of local faith communities, teachers and the local authority to decide on the content of the Religious Education Curriculum.

You can view our Long Term Overview which gives a brief outline of the different topics each year group studies together with the Agree Syllabus for Religious Education below:

You can find out how the subject of Religious Education is is taught to our youngest children by visiting our EYFS pages here.

Visits and Visitors

One of the benefits of living in and around Middlesbrough is the easy access to a range of different religious centres to visit and wealth of local expertise who are always willing to help our children in learning about different faiths and beliefs. We will always look to supplement our teaching of different religions with either a visit to a place of worship or a visit from a faith leader. We have strong links to local Mosques, Synagogues, Hindu temples and Buddhist centres.

We have created a programme of visits and visitors to support our children’s learning in RE. You can view this below:

Our school is the parish of St Cuthbert’s Church in Ormesby. We regularly visit the church for special events and assemblies as well as supporting our learning in Religious Education, History and Science and always look forward to visits from Deacon Janet and her team.

We especially love the Open the book assemblies where they perform re-enactments of stories from the bible for us. You can find out more details about St Cuthbert’s Church by clicking below:

Our pupils love meeting our friends from St Cuthbert’s Church

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