“All religions must be tolerated for every man must get to heaven in his own way.” – Frederick the Great
The teaching is outstanding. Teachers know their students very well and fine-tune lessons to make sure everyone learns very rapidly, whatever level they are starting.
RE is taught to the pupils at Northgate once a week as a class group. The RE syllabus is taken from the Northamptonshire County Council SACRE scheme of work. It is designed to meet the needs of all pupils and levels ranging from P scales up to level 5. There are a range of topics taught on a 5 year rolling programme including individual religions such as Sikhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Christianity. For these religions we look at beliefs and values and how the religions practice their faith in a fun and exciting way using lots of visual pictures and real life artefacts. Pupils are encouraged to take part in RE lessons although it is made clear to pupils that everyone has an opinion on faiths and they are not made to believe in any topics taught but it is to learn about other faiths.
Other topics included in the scheme of work are what Christians believe about God, Christian ways of life and Christian Origin, Destiny and purpose. This is because it is a legal requirement to have 50% of Christianity taught on the timetable.
At present trips out of school to local places of worship including the local church are being organised to experience how religion comes to life in these different settings.