Faith and Belief

The domain leaders for Faith and Belief are Claire Scott and Becky Cater.

We want to provide pupils with a rich insight into the wide variety of faith communities that exist in Peterborough so that we are developing in our children harmonious relationships between individuals and groups. The values and beliefs of the Christian religion to be a particular emphasis as this is the predominant faith within our community. Within this context we strongly promote and celebrate the cultural and religious diversity that exists in our community. RE offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. We want children to learn from the different religions, beliefs, traditions and values that exist in our community. We want to promote discernment and enable our children to combat prejudice. The best way to do this is to let the principles of RE to permeate all that we do, to integrate RE into our cross curricula, themed topic approach and seek out every opportunity to promote the values we prioritise in our school so that children become responsible citizens and confident individuals.

Faith and belief is assessed as a domain as a whole.

In faith and belief we cover all the major religions particularly focusing on religions from the local community, within this we cover religious customs and major religious celebrations that occur throughout the year.  In year groups topics we cover morals for example right and wrong in the crime topic (5 and 6) We aim to support local charities and this is covered in the disaster topic/harvest festival. Faith and belief also covers different cultures for example The Latin America topic.  Faith and belief also covers some historical religions and customs such as in the Egyptian topic.

We aim to also cover religions outside the local area, eg, Chinese new year and Holi and link with religious leaders within the city and allow year groups to visit places of worship. We are learning facts and knowledge about seven major religions over a two-year rolling program. Reception will be learning all about Christianity. Year 1 and Year 2 will be learning about Islam. Year 3 and 4 will be learning about Sikhism and Hinduism. Year 5 and Year 6 will be learning about Buddhism, Judaism and Catholicism. During the year each year group will visit a local place of worship linked to the religion they are learning about.

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