|Aims and Objectives
At All Saints CEVA Primary School & Nursery our Mission is “With Jesus as our guide we will inspire a passion for learning, high aspirations and respect for all.”
RE has an important contribution to make towards this by providing a caring environment where children feel secure and able to express their views and beliefs. They are encouraged to value their own opinions, whilst developing respect and sensitivity for the views of others.
Pupils are encouraged to understand the importance of the role that each individual has to play in the life of the school and of the wider community. Links are made with a variety of faith groups to help develop this aim.
Our aims for pupils are:
- acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in the United Kingdom;
- develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures, from the local to the global;
- develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues, with reference to the teachings of the principal religions represented in the United Kingdom;
- enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by:
- developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences, and of how religious teachings and other beliefs can relate to them;
- responding to such questions with reference to the teachings and practices of religions and other belief systems, relating them to their own understanding and experience;
- reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study;
- develop positive attitudes of respect towards other people who hold views and beliefs different from their own, and towards living in a society of diverse religions and beliefs.
|How Religious Education is taught
RE is taught in line with statutory requirements, which amounts to:
- EYFS: 36 hours a year (a mixture of direct teaching time and continuous provision)
- Key Stage One: 36 hours a year (weekly lessons and series of RE days for example at Easter and Christmas)
- Key Stage Two: 45 hours a year (weekly lessons and series of RE days for example at Easter and Christmas)
At All Saints CEVA Primary School and Nursery, all RE is taught by the class teachers and is not left as a cover subject. Teachers adapt lessons to ensure that all children can access the curriculum and develop their understanding of the subject. RE has been taught using the Peterborough Diocese Agreed Syllabus and the Understanding Christianity Scheme. The academic year covers a balance of Christianity, other faiths and thematic units.
Learning starts with a key question – for example in Year 1 a question is, “What do Christians believe God is like?” Learning is differentiated so that all children are able to access the learning and also provides opportunities for challenge and deeper thinking. Lessons involve a variety of teaching and learning methods including the use of artifacts, resources, visitors and visits as well as drama, art and music techniques.
|How Religious Education is assessed
The objectives for the unit of learning are shared with the children at the start of the unit, and then lessons are taught to meet these objectives. Teachers assess and monitor progress through their teaching and adjust accordingly through planning to meet the children’s individual learning needs. During and at the end of lessons, children are assessed by the class teacher through questions, the children’s work outcomes, and so on. The teacher then determines whether a child is working at, below or exceeding the expected standard for their age. This is reported to and monitored by the Subject Leader and reported to parents on their child’s final report of the academic year. It is also reported to the Local Authority for the end of Key Stage 1 and 2.
To support children’s understanding of religions and world views, teaching staff provide opportunities to visit places of worship, handle artefacts, have visits from people of different faiths, etc. Over the years these have included, visiting a Mandir, visiting a Mosque, and being visited by a person of the Jewish faith.
|Useful websites for parents
- KS2 RE: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z7hs34j
- KS1 RE: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zxnygk7
- My Life, My Religion: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05pc1c9
- BBC Religion Information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/