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Religious Education

Justification

At Heap Bridge Religious Education (R.E.) has an essential role to play in preparing children to become knowledgeable, open-minded members of the diverse multi-religious world and multi-secular society that we live in today. Our ambitious RE curriculum aims to enable children to succeed in life. Religious Education enables children to explore in different ways religious and non-religious communities, through enquiry of life’s big questions through our in depth, sequenced curriculum. Religious Education allows children to explore what people believe and the difference this makes to how they live. Exploring religion in a depth through a progressive and sequenced curriculum builds a strong foundation and prepares the children for the next chapter in their life. We provide a safe space where they can make sense of the world around them whilst reflecting on their own personal knowledge, developing the tolerance and respect about the ways others live. We encourage our children and staff to take pride and celebrate their own personal traditions and each other’s traditions. We use the agreed local SACRE syllabus as the basis of our curriculum to ensure that we meet our obligations to provide Religious Education under the 1988 Education Act. 

Statement of Intent

Many of our children here at Heap Bridge do not have a faith themselves and have minimal experiences of religion and so often start school with limited knowledge and skills involved in knowing about and learning from religion. Our curriculum is designed to broaden children’s knowledge and understanding of religion so that we can develop children who are tolerant and respectful of other’s differences and can live harmoniously in a multi-faith society.

 

Our curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils: 

1. Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so they can: 

  • Describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals 
  • Identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews 
  • Appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning 

2. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions, so they can: 

  • Explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities 
  • Express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues 
  • Appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion 

3. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so they can: 

  • Find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively 
  • Enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all 
  • Articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives. 

RE in the EYFS 

At Heap Bridge our children will encounter religions and worldviews through special people, books, times, places and objects. They will listen to and talk about stories; being introduced to subject specific words and use all their sense to explore beliefs, practices and forms of expression. Our children will ask questions and reflect on their own feelings and experiences and use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation of and wonder at the world in which they live in. 

The most relevant statements for RE are taken from the following areas of learning-Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Understanding the World- 

‘Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world.’ (EYFS Framework 2021)  

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Implementation Planning:

The locally agreed syllabus delivered at our school uses an enquiry based approach to the teaching and learning of RE in order to develop children’s critical thinking skills and increase their engagement and motivation to learn. This approach enables children to learn through a wide range of teaching and learning opportunities such as studying quality texts, through creating and studying art work, role play, trips and visitors to school. An overview of R.E. topics covered across each year group can be viewed below.

A copy of this implementation plan, along with the subject policy and other related documents, can be downloaded from the embedded One Drive folder below:

R.E. Blog

Below is a selection of blog posts from the school blog linked to the work children have enjoyed in this subject.

 

 

 

School Prayer