Here at Diamond Wood Community Academy we are proud to be made up of many nationalities, cultures and faith groups. As a school we aim to celebrate this diversity and offer a welcoming and inclusive environment for all our pupils. We have confidence that Religious Education provides an opportunity to celebrate and foster an awareness of all cultures within our school, community and the wider world.
At Diamond Wood Community Academy we believe that Religious Education helps children to understand the way in which religious beliefs can shape individual lives and behaviours, giving them the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues, and enhancing pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
As a school we follow the Kirklees agreed syllabus for Religious Education. This focuses on delivering an engaging and stimulating Religious Education to help nurture informed and resilient responses to misunderstandings, stereotyping and division. The syllabus encourages RE lessons to be a place of integrity and security within which difficult or ‘risky’ questions can be tackled within a safe but challenging context.
Our Religious Education curriculum includes a balance of three aims and intentions:
- Developing a knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and other world views.
- Expressing ideas and insights through questioning about beliefs and through investigation.
- Responding to important questions for individuals and the wider community.
These three aims enable children to investigate and reflect of the most fundamental questions asked by people, to which we develop the children's knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths and address fundamental questions concerning the meaning of life and meaning of faith.
By the end their journey at Diamond Wood Community Academy, we hold the expectation that the children will have extended their knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs, demonstrating a progression of skills, questioning and knowledge throughout Nursery to Year 2. There will be clear development in their religious vocabulary and ability to interpret religious symbols in a variety of forms and understanding and reflection on the meanings of these. As a result of this, they should hold the capability to explore ultimate questions of beliefs and values in relation to a range of contemporary issues in our ever changing society whilst offering their own thoughtful and informed insight into religious and world views. On moving on in their educational journey we hope all pupils will become confident in learning to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.
Festivals and Celebrations
Every year in school we celebrate festivals and celebrations as a school. We spend the whole day learning about why and how people celebrate. The children take part in fun and exciting activities based around the festival/celebration.
Our School Values
At Diamond Wood Community Academy our vision is ‘A place to grow, a place to shine’. Within our vision we incorporate 5 Core Values; friendship, respect, honesty, co-operation and responsibility. Values are principles that drive our behaviour. They influence our relationships with others and determine the way we behave. We want Diamond Wood Community Academy to be a place where both children and adults experience values in a positive way.
Each Value is introduced at the beginning of each half term during assembly, within the PSHE curriculum and through poster displays in classrooms. We encourage ideas to be shared during class discussion, to reinforce the principles of each Value, which are then shared with parents via our school newsletter.
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Click here to read how we promote SMSC through our RE Curriculum