Religious Education

Our RE curriculum provides children with the skills needed to understand, interpret, evaluate and respect differences between other people’s beliefs whilst being able to articulate their own beliefs, ideas, values and experiences. Learning about a variety of religions in Britain today children develop the ability to question sympathetically developing tolerance and acceptance of others.

RE Statement of Intent

Early years outcomes the National Curriculum programmes of study and the Wakefield agreed syllabus form the foundations of our RE curriculum. Pupils will have a basic understanding of meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. They will learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. Pupils are taught to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.

Implementation

Religious Education is led by a subject leader who supports staff in implementing the Wakefield Agreed syllabus. We ensure teaching is highly effective by delivering a balance of child initiated opportunities and focus teaching through concrete, meaningful experiences. Children develop knowledge through a wide range activities which are differentiated to meet all needs including; observing, handling, describing and explaining how religious artefacts are used. Children learn through making comparisons with different religions and different times. Children are shown how to observe respectful practice, develop questioning, research and show understanding of differences. Children are taught using subject specific vocabulary through discussion, research, and reading. Educational visits and visitors enhance teaching and learning in RE. Opportunities are provided for discussion and philosophy to encourage children to ask questions to help them find out about themselves and others.

Impact

Learners have the knowledge and skills to begin to appreciate the differences between religions and religious practise. Children make sustained progress in R.E. By the end of each phase children are expected to have an understanding of how people from different religions make up their community and to respect differences between them. Children are expected to be able to express their own thoughts and feelings about religion showing mutual respect.