It is our intent at Hill Top that all children will know and understand that there are different faiths, religions and cultures in this world that lead to people having different lifestyles and beliefs from each other. Through our RE curriculum, we provide opportunities to develop children's knowledge and understanding of world religions and reflect on the challenging questions that it provokes. We want the children to know the differences between these religions, acknowledge their differences and similarities, respect them as well as the viewpoints of others.
Religious Education at Hill Top will be taught for between 30 minutes and an hour per week dependent on the age of the children. It will be taught through an enquiry-based approach where children will not only learn knowledge but crucially develop an understanding of the world of religion and how beliefs impact on daily life. We believe that RE makes a strong contribution to the education of each child by encouraging them to develop skills of critical thinking and analysis, as well as developing attitudes like empathy, sensitivity and understanding whilst being able to stand up for their own beliefs and challenge injustice around them.
At Hill Top we follow the Leeds Agreed Syllabus and the 'Believing and Belonging' scheme which builds upon prior learning and develops skills year upon year. The scheme is enhanced by children visiting places of worship in our local area and taking part in their services at Harvest, Christmas and Easter as well as welcoming speakers from different faiths into school.Furthermore, assemblies in school also cover some of the major events within the religious calendar.
- Enjoyment of the R.E curriculum will promote achievement, confidence, creativity and inquisitive minds.
- Children will have a stronger awareness of the world around them and will be mindful of the beliefs of others.
- Children will feel safe to learn new things and share their beliefs with others in an accepting environment.
- Children will feel they are valued as individuals and that their beliefs are valued and celebrated.
- Leave Hill Top with a sense of belonging to their community where they have the confidence, knowledge and skills to make good decisions as well as be tolerant and understanding, self-evaluate, make connections with others.