In line with SACRE and the West Sussex Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, our RE lessons should: “equip pupils with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. They should develop in pupils an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society with its diverse religions and worldviews.” It is our intent that our planning reflects the fact that the: “religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking into account the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain” and that the children have a greater awareness of their ‘Place in the World’. This explains a fundamental need for our planning to reflect the changes in modern day society and the need to help pupils understand the different ways in which religion and worldviews can be understood, interpreted and studied. Through the teaching of RE we aim to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of all pupils.
We ensure that topics build on prior learning. There is a planned progression built into the scheme of work across each year group over year A and year B. An RE topic is taught every term, often as a blocked area of study rather than as a set of individual weekly lessons.
Religious Education in the Early Years Foundation stage is an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. We relate the RE aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals which underpin the curriculum.
RE is taught both as a discrete subject and through ‘Spiritual Play’ stories/discussions (As outlined within the West Sussex Agreed Syllabus).
Years 1 to 6 follow the West Sussex Agreed Syllabus framework for long term planning. Medium term plans have been developed to support staff in planning, delivering and assessing the learning and teaching of RE. There are five key themes:
1) Core beliefs, ideas and symbols.
2) Expression of faith
3) Identity – daily life
4) Social action – putting beliefs into action
5) Ask big questions and make connections
Place of Worship Trips are organised during the year to support and complement the work in school and to promote links with the local community. We aim to invite representatives of local religious groups to come into school and talk to the children in a sensitive manner. This also meets the requirements of British Values (tolerance and respect for those with different faiths and beliefs.)
The impact of this curriculum will lead the children to have a growing understanding of ‘Our Place in the World’. Through their learning, the children will be able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. Through RE our children are developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community. RE offers our children the means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Pupil discussions and interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
- Governor monitoring with our subject link governor.
- Annual reporting and tracking of standards across the curriculum.
- Photo evidence of the pupils’ practical learning.
- Foundation Assessments at the end of a unit of work.