The aim of our Religious Education curriculum is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Within Religious Education our school vision, ‘Nurturing hearts, inspiring minds’ is developed by allowing pupils to critically reflect upon, evaluate and apply their learning to their growing understanding of religion and belief (particularly Christianity), of themselves, the world and human experience. For example, asking challenging questions, looking for transformation, respecting views and opinions of others, celebrating differences and emphasising tolerance.
IMPLEMENTATION: At All Saints, it has been agreed, that having taken into account the requirements and guidelines presented in the Agreed Syllabus, the following religions have been selected for study: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism. As we are a church school, where Christian values underpin all our learning, Christianity is the chosen faith for deeper understanding.
There are no presumptions made as to the religious backgrounds and beliefs and values of the children and the staff. We value the religious background of all members of the school community and hope that this will encourage individuals to share their own experiences with others freely. All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links, which are, and can be made between home, school, and a faith community. We acknowledge that each religion studied can contribute to the education of all our pupils. We promote teaching in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible for both staff and children.
To support children in deepening their understanding of the religions studied we have decided to ensure that each year group has a subject story PowerPoint that can be referred to throughout their time at All Saints to recall, discuss, embed and explore prior learning. This is supplemented by a class learning pathway log, which is available to children in class so they are able to look back at topics explored, experiences they have had and discussions they have held.
Children who are achieving below ARE are supported by ongoing access to the class book, allowing them to continue to embed knowledge covered as well as increase familiarity with the language used within Religious Education. Children who are achieving below ARE and are on S&L interventions receive pre or post teaching of new language that will be covered in class in order to support them further.
IMPACT: The school aims to inspire children to live their lives by the Christian values.
The children at All Saints Primary enjoying learning lots about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion. Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. R.E. acts as a hub, therefore, between social aspects of learning, science and geography. Through R.E. our children are developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, so they can respect the differences they come across.
(to be developed in all lessons)
Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect. Emphasise our school’s close links to our local churches and our wider community.
Moral: Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Social: Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
The core British Values are:
- Rule of Law
- Mutual Respect
- Individual Liberty
Our RE curriculum allows us to compare these values to Christian values and those of other beliefs.