Religious Education

The Wakefield Syllabus for Religious Education

Our school follows the Programme of Study for RE as suggested in the Wakefield Agreed Syllabus and has a scheme of work that reflects this for each Key Stage. During each Key Stage pupils are taught knowledge, skills and understanding through learning about Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Jewish people through three key questions: Believing, Expressing and Living.

Gawthorpe is in an area of Wakefield surrounded by different beliefs and religions. At Gawthorpe we start our Religious Education curriculum by asking the children about themselves. It is important to us that the children have a secure understanding of themselves, where they come from and their own beliefs before we can begin to compare ourselves to others and other beliefs.

The school calendar is full of festivals to celebrate and discuss throughout the school year from Chinese New Year to Diwali, Eid and Christianity. As a school Christmas is celebrated by all with Christmas concerts, carol concerts for the community and Christmas fairs. The community enjoy getting together to sing around the Christmas tree in the community garden and to celebrate Harvest festival in the Autumn term.

Religious Education at Gawthorpe Academy is about providing the children with the knowledge that although everybody is different there are many things about us that are the same, we hope to develop empathy and a better understanding of different faiths in order to prepare our children for the future. This helps us to build upon our values particularly the value of respect and tolerance of others.

“We may have different religions, different languages, different coloured skin, but we all belong to one human race”- Kofi Annan

“The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different”. – Mahatma Ghandi

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.