Religious Education teaching provides children with the opportunity to access knowledge & information which contributes to a secure understanding of religious & non-religious views worldwide and enables individuals to become positive citizens within our multi-cultural society. Our intent is:
To develop children’s core knowledge and understanding of beliefs, traditions and practices of the main religions of the world: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Buddhism. Consideration is also given to other non-religious perspective such as Humanism.
For children to acquire a wide range of Religion specific vocabulary and have the knowledge and understanding of definitions to engage in active dialogue.
The promotion of children’s spiritual, moral and cultural development.
To encourage and develop respect and tolerance for different cultures and beliefs.
The school follows the 2018 Cambridgeshire Agreed Syllabus. Within Foundation Stage the Early Years Framework is followed. Within Key Stage One teacher planned units are taught using the syllabus contents. In Key Stage 2, teacher planned units follow the Opening Worlds Curriculum. This plan is supported by Cambridgeshire Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE)
Religious Education in KS1 is taught through topics which, where appropriate, connects with others areas of teachings and curriculum coverage. Children’s knowledge and understanding builds through the units and develops religious literacy. We endeavour to use artefacts, visits places of worship, and have visitors from faith groups in school, providing quality experiences which are memorable and worthwhile, and support and enhance children in their learning and understanding of the world. This builds on their Early Years experience of PSE development where they consider themselves as valuable individuals and think about others perspectives; also in understanding the world they can understand that some places are special to members of their community, like places of worship, and recognise that people have different beliefs and celebrate special times in different ways.
Opening Worlds has a thoroughness in knowledge-building with a broad scope of content that is meticulous in rigour. There is an intricate coherence and tight sequencing of lessons and outcomes, encouraging a high quality of learning. It is a highly inclusive approach that meets the needs of the all children and also make links with other curriculum areas especially History, Geography, and Art. It provides global and cultural breadth of knowledge, embracing wide diversity across ethnicity, gender, religion and community. Children will learn both substantive and disciplinary knowledge within the subject.
Opening Worlds, within our mixed year group class structure, is delivered in 2 year rolling cycles. The content within each academic year is carefully sequenced and we are working with Opening Worlds to identify the core concepts and vocabulary that are helpful antecedent to ensure we make clear the coherent links between content across the two year cycle. The programme also makes coherent links between subjects; the concept of kingdoms both within RE and history is a clear example. Thus our mixed age classes still build upon prior knowledge within each year and at the key milestones of year 4 and year 6.
Religious Education promotes the spiritual, moral and cultural development of all children. It helps them to prepare for the experiences and responsibilities of life, and helps to develop an understanding of the world in which we live. Learning in RE helps children to grow in their understanding of their world, to make connections and be empowered by their understanding.
The impact is seen in:
High standards which are appropriate to age-related expectations
Children’s reflections on their learning
Children’s abilities to articulate key ideas from their learning and make connections and using key vocabulary
Regular class discussion, helping children to develop a positive attitude and respect for people who hold different views to their own
Children who develop respect for their community and the wider world
Children who are increasingly confident and independent thinkers
Children who increase their spiritual and moral development
Learning is measured against the age-related expectations within the syllabus through analysis of children’s achievement of learning intentions, acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and the application of skills across topics. This includes making connections among different religions, beliefs, values and traditions.
Assessment of children’s learning is achieved by the teacher, through book scrutiny and more informally by something a pupil says, or does, which provides information and insight to the teacher.
Year 4's enjoying the Jewish Sukkah they built and decorated outside. They also made models of the Sukkah.