RE

 

The teaching of Religious Education at Studlands Rise is underpinned by the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. 

 

“All schools must provide RE to all registered pupils, including those in Reception and Post-16, unless withdrawn by their parents. Although not part of the National Curriculum, RE forms part of the statutory Basic Curriculum, which all schools must follow”.

 

-Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2023-2028

Intent

Our RE curriculum aims to provide our pupils the opportunity to learn from and about religion, with the intent to develop an understanding of the world around them and an empathy for different religions and beliefs.

 

We aim to provide a balanced and broad curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Our curriculum aims to develop their knowledge of the world faiths, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences.

 

We aim to deliver our RE curriculum in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and philosophy of the school. We include and promote British Values, ensuring that children are aware of their rights and responsibilities as UK citizens. Our curriculum is designed to encourage creativity, imagination, enquiry, debate, discussion and independence.

 

RE contributes to the development of beliefs and values and to schools’ ‘Prevent’ duty to combat extremism. Dedicated RE lessons, in partnership with whole school approaches, allows for sensitive responses to be made to unforeseen events of a religious, moral or philosophical nature, including natural phenomena resulting in humanitarian responses whether local, national or global. As a result, the skills and knowledge acquired through the quality of RE education enable children to broaden their social awareness and develop their tolerance and empathy towards others, their beliefs and faiths in an increasingly diverse society.

 

At Studlands, we use the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus for RE as it provides pupils with a systematic knowledge and understanding about Christianity, principal religions and worldviews. It is not about telling pupils what religious views they should have but rather assists them in gaining shared human understanding, developing personal identity and searching for meaning in the context of evaluating different viewpoints. This syllabus aims to enable schools to achieve high quality Religious Education for all. It is a statutory requirement of the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus that from Reception to Year 6 all pupils in Hertfordshire schools must ‘follow a coherent and systematic study of the principal religion of Christianity across each key stage’ ‘Be introduced to the other five principal religions represented in Great Britain by the end of key stage 2’.

 

Implementation

 

In our early years, children are given a secure grounding in the Prime Areas of learning, ensuring they have a good foundation on which to build through the specific areas, including Understanding the World. Understanding of the World is about how children get to know about other people, the place where they live and about all aspects of the environment. At Studlands Rise, our EYFS staff pride themselves in responding to children's interests and planning lessons to engage them on these topics, whilst ensuring they learn and develop appropriate skills in these areas. These mini topics have included ‘celebrations’ or ‘people around the world’ as examples.

 

Pupils learn a whole range of highly transferable skills, values and attributes (including: problem-solving, observation, collaboration, open-mindedness, courage, resilience, curiosity, integrity, and a sense of what is fair) that combine to allow them to explore and interpret the world around them.

 

Following this, in Key Stages 1 and 2, we deliver our Religious Education Curriculum through a thematic approach, using half termly topics to inspire the children’s curiosity. Children are able to build upon skills taught in the previous year and apply these in new learning. Where possible, all year groups will look at the same areas at the same time to facilitate a whole school focus. Teaching the programmes of study should contribute to pupils’ knowledge and understanding and provide opportunities for reflection on 8 key areas;

Prayer, worship and reflection

Symbols and actions

Sources of wisdom

Beliefs and practices

Justice and fairness

Human responsibility and values

Ultimate questions

Identity and belonging

 

‘Ultimate Questions’ will be used to allow the learning from across the term to be pulled together and provide a chance for the children to reflect on their broadened understanding of the world and how it impacts them and their place in it. The purpose of this curriculum is to enable our children to develop religious and theological literacy through religions and worldviews. We will enable them to do this by providing enough information-based knowledge to build their understanding of world religions and beliefs whilst also giving them a safe space and enough to reflect on and explore the deeper meaning and impact of religion and beliefs on our world. We track the progression and skills taught within each topic on a termly basis.

 

Teachers are encouraged to display key vocabulary and use working walls to show current ideas and investigation. This creates an inspiring learning environment for the children which enables them to immerse themselves in a particular topic or theme.

 

The thematic nature of our curriculum means that our topics allow for cross curricular links between many subjects. Pupils are able to apply their knowledge from one area to another and make connections in their learning. Children have access to a range of resources to support their learning and acquisition of knowledge in their lessons. Handling real-life artefacts where possible to enrich their experience. Subject leaders undertake audits of religious education resources to ensure that staff are able to inspire and engage pupils in RE lessons with high quality and appropriate resources.

 

Children should have the opportunity to visit places of worship that are important to different faiths and invite people of different religious backgrounds to come into the school to talk to the children about their beliefs. We actively promote diversity through celebrations of different faiths and cultures.

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