At Grove Vale, RE is taught throughout the school based on the Sandwell Locally Agreed Syllabus. The teaching of RE is an essential part of our curriculum and it enables the growth of religious literacy which is essential for life in modern Britain and the wider world. We enhance our curriculum by encouraging the children to ask questions and think critically. There is a clear learning and teaching approach where pupils have opportunity to ‘make sense’ of the religions and beliefs studied, ‘understand the impact’ of these beliefs in people’s lives, and to ‘make connections’ in their learning and their wider experience in school.
Links to school life
Our core values underpin the values taught by different religions. Our assemblies aim to celebrate a variety of major festivals and we visit a different place of worship in every year group.
At Grove Vale, we envision our curriculum impacting the pupils in the following ways:
• extend their knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs;
• develop a religious vocabulary and interpret religious symbolism in a variety of forms;
• compare similarities and differences between different world faiths.
• understand viewpoints of others and be able to adjust their own thinking in the light of others’ opinions;
• reflect on questions of meaning, offering their own thoughtful and informed insights into religious and secular world-views;
• explore ultimate questions of beliefs and values in relation to a range of contemporary issues in an ever-changing society