At Merton Bank, Religious Education enables pupils to become more aware of their own nature, their strengths and gifts and to celebrate what it means to be human. It helps support our pupils to not only identify those values which will become the touchstones in their own lives but also to foster tolerance and understanding to respect the diverse beliefs and traditions of other people or cultures. Religious Education has a privileged position in our curriculum, allowing it both to address local needs and encouraging our pupils to engage with their local faith communities. Religious Education at Merton Bank follows the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus for RE – ‘Searching for Meaning’. The aim of this syllabus is to support students’ personal search for meaning by engaging enquiry into the question ‘What is it to be human?’- exploring answers offered by religion and belief.’
Our curriculum explores 6 world religions and views. They are – Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Christianity covers 50% of the agreed syllabus.
Each year group has an enquiry based question for the year. Each half term is also question led with the aim of this supporting the answer to the yearly question.
Each topic explores four key areas – Shared human experience, belief and values, living religious traditions and search for personal meaning. These four areas form our assessment strands and are tracked in an ongoing manner.
Through our teaching we connect the classroom with the wider world. We aim to extend and deepen pupils’ ability to think critically about themselves and others. Our curriculum helps to develop a knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and values which have shaped and continue to have an important influence on the world that we live in. It provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human.
We have close links with the local church – Holy Trinity church and often have visits from the vicar for assemblies and workshops. We also visit the church regularly to learn more about the Christian religion.
Religious Education Subject Leader- Mrs K Seymour