There will be no changes nationally to Religious Education. Therefore, at St. Peter’s CE Primary we will continue to follow the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus which will also be complimented by the diocesan Festival Matters. This scheme focuses on the main Christian festivals (Christmas and Easter) and provides a unit of work for each year group, from EYFS up to Year 6, with a different theme and emphasis for each year group. Together, these syllabi help us at St. Peter’s CE Primary to reflect our distinctive character as a church school.
Overview of the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for RE
The Birmingham Religious Education syllabus takes seriously the overarching aims set out in the 1988 Education Reform Act for education as a whole. These are as follows:
The curriculum for a maintained school satisfies the requirements of this section if it is a balanced and broadly based curriculum which:
- Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society; and
- Prepares such pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of adult life.
In other words, the Religious Education syllabus primarily aims to develop (a) pupils and (b) society. Any study of religions must not lose sight of these stated aims.
The requirement that the curriculum be ‘balanced and broadly based’ is addressed through the self-conscious use of faith and religious traditions to complement secular subjects in addressing the overarching educational aims of schooling. Religious Education does not claim an exclusive responsibility for any aspect of the overarching aims of the basic curriculum, i.e. Religious Education recognises that other subjects also have a responsibility for realising all of these aims. Nevertheless the underlying conviction of religious education is that religious life and traditions bring a dimension to the process of educating that is life enhancing for pupils and specifically contributes to their spiritual and moral development.
Religious Education and Collective Worship
We aim to promote the spiritual growth of the children and hope to lay the foundations for a mature adult faith in Christ. Religious Education is mostly Christian and linked to the Church Year. We also teach the children to be aware of and respect other religions.
An act of Collective Worship takes place each day. We begin the school week with a whole school assembly where we have our hymn practice, which is led by our music co-ordinator. Parents are invited to attend St. Peter’s CE Church on alternate Wednesday’s for our fortnightly church service. Our exceptional teaching staff lead our other assemblies where they aim to deliver stories, messages and songs which reflect our weekly theme. We end the week with a distinctive assembly which aims to celebrate the children's special achievements from the previous week.