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Religious Education

 Religious Education at our school:

RE is concerned with “learning about religions” and “learning from religion” and it is not the practice of this school to preach to or convert the children.  The faith background of both the staff and child’s family is respected at all times. “The school will respect the individuality of every pupil and seek their maturing not by indoctrination, nor by coercive evangelism, but by demonstrating in work and deed the reality and importance of a spiritual dimension of life.” (‘Christianity in Church of England Schools’ Diocese of St. Albans).

Intent and Purpose of Study

At this school we aim to;

  • achieve high quality RE for all pupils.
  • enable pupils to become religiously and theologically literate so they can engage in life in an increasingly diverse society.
  • ensure that all pupils develop knowledge and understanding of sources of wisdom and their impact whilst exploring personal and critical responses.
  • recognise and explore the diversity which exists within and between religious traditions
  • develop the skills required to engage with others in dialogue and to cooperate in society with respect and compassion

Religious Education (RE) is not a National Curriculum subject, but must be taught to all children as part of the Basic Curriculum.  As RE is not nationally determined, we must follow the Agreed Syllabus provided by our Local Education Authority (Hertfordshire).  We are also using  the Understanding Christianity National Resource and other schemes of work to support the Hertfordshire planning for our R.E curriculum.

 From EYFS classes to Year 6 our children follow a coherent and systematic study of the principal religion of Christianity across each key stage and are introduced to the other five principal religions represented in Great Britain by the end of key stage 2.

                                             

World religions studied
EYFS Children will encounter Christianity and religions and beliefs represented in the class, school or local community. Religious Education will support a growing sense of the child’s awareness of self, their own community and their place within this.
Key Stage 1

(At key stage 1 a minimum of two religions are studied)

Christianity

Islam

Christianity

Judaism

 

Key Stage 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Christianity

Islam

Christianity

Sikhism

Christianity

Judaism

Christianity

Hinduism

Buddhism

We explore eight key areas of learning within each teaching year group and throughout each key stage to meet the aims of our curriculum (in no particular order)

Beliefs and practices

Sources of wisdom

Symbols and actions

Prayer, worship and reflection

Identity and belonging

Ultimate questions

Human responsibility and values

Justice and fairness

Planning

Our long term planning builds-in coverage of and progression in both the content and concepts outlined in the eight key areas of learning. Our schemes of work ensure that pupils have encountered and explored the religions through the EYFS and Key Stage/s 1 and 2.  We use a combination of teaching RE through the creative curriculum, RE days and as a separate subject, depending on the material which has to be covered.

Implementation – Content and approach

 The teaching of RE will involve some direct teaching and whole class, group, paired or individual activities.  We use a range of strategies through lessons, such as: enquiry, exploration, discussion, asking and answering questions, drama, artefacts, visits and visitors of faith and belief.

 Time Allocation for RE

In line with the requirements of the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022:

At EYFS RE is delivered flexibly according to the statutory requirements of the EYFS

At Key Stage 1 pupils spend 60 hours over 2 years (approximately 10 hours per term)

At Key Stage 2 pupils spend 156 hours over 4 years (approximately 13 hours per term).

These minimum time requirements include visits and RE curriculum days but not school productions related to festivals, assembly or collective worship time.

Withdrawal

 At this school it is our practice to talk to parents to ensure that they understand the aims and value of the RE curriculum before honouring the right of withdrawal from RE. Any parent who wishes to withdraw their child is expected to consult the headteacher.