“My religion is kindness.”

Dalai Lama

In R.E pupils discover, explore and consider different answers to significant human questions, in local, national and global contexts, through learning about and from religions and other worldviews.

The aims of the City of York Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education are outlined below:

  1. All pupils know about and understand a range of religious and world views
  2. All pupils express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religious and worldviews.
  3. All pupils gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.

At Rufforth, we aim for children to be inspired by different viewpoints, cultures and belief systems. We want our children to be ale to weigh up the value of wisdom and to reflect on their own ideas and ways of living.

Children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) is embedded across our curriculum, with pupils often being given opportunity to reflect on how the things they have learnt can affect and influences their own lives.

We inspire our children to explore faith and beliefs in different ways:

  • Religious Education lessons
  • ‘Open the Book’ assemblies (led by Church of England Readers)
  • Regular visits and assemblies delivered by our local vicar at All Saints Church in Rufforth
  • Family assemblies at Harvest and Easter where every class showcases work.#
  • Nativity and church carol services
  • Workshops and assemblies led by YoYo (York Schools and Youth Trust)
  • Visits to places of worship
  • Visitors of different faiths

RE teaching and learning at Rufforth prompts pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.

Through our curriculum, we strive to enable pupils to nurture their own spiritualty and to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society.

Throughout their journey in our school, children will acquire and develop the knowledge and understanding of the principal religions represented locally and in the wider world. Through Religious Education, our pupils develop their knowledge of the world faiths, their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures.