"Learn, strive and achieve in a caring Christian environment."
At Codnor Primary School, our curriculum is underpinned by Christian values which inspire and motivate our pupils whilst nurturing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The subject of Religious Education at Codnor Primary School reflects the purposeful journey for the whole child, equipping our pupils with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in all aspects of life, both inside and outside of the classroom. Yet it is not stand-alone; it is entwined throughout all areas of the curriculum to encourage pupils to understand the natural links and to appreciate the significance of Christianity and other religions, on both the wider community and the wider world. It takes our children on a journey which provides opportunities for them to develop skills and knowledge - both academic and personal – which contributes to the Christian character of our school and will ensure that success is achievable for all, regardless of circumstance.
At Codnor Primary School, we value the development of the whole child and appreciate our pupils are not just learners: they are citizens of both a strong Christian community and a multi-cultural and diverse world. Religious Education enables pupils to become knowledge-rich about the world around them and to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape lives and behaviour. As a Church of England School, we believe our school, its citizens, and the wider community has a significant role to play in challenging prejudice, stereotyping and any form of diversity. We promote respect, tolerance and open-mindedness towards different faiths, societies, cultures, religions and those with different beliefs and values through the teaching of the major world religions, whilst encouraging pupils to develop their own sense of identity through reflection, self-awareness, the development of values and a sense of belonging.
We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world around them and to confidently reflect on and articulate their own beliefs, values and experiences. We ignite pupils’ curiosity and fascination about religion and the role it plays in the wider world, deepening their sense of belonging and understanding of their place within ‘the bigger picture’ and on their uniqueness as human beings. Our carefully structured Religious Education curriculum is entwined throughout day to day life at Codnor and provides opportunities additional to the NC endpoints, to build cultural capital and, through exposure in assemblies and lessons to life-skills such as British Values, tolerance, diversity and empathy, enable pupils to become well-rounded members of society in preparation for later life. We engage, inspire, challenge and encourage pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions, explore different religious beliefs, values and traditions and develop a more rigorous understanding of the numerous religious traditions, beliefs and practices that are followed in our multicultural society.
These key Religious Education skills and concepts are:
Our pupils leave Codnor Primary School with a respectful understanding and appreciation of the diversity of our world and how they can look towards Christianity to guide and support them today, and in their future lives.