Religious Education

Definition

The purpose of RE is to support the development of children’s own values, to contribute to the promotion of British values and to children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.  This entails enabling children to interpret and respond to a variety of concepts, beliefs and practices within religions and to their own and others’ cultural and life experiences.  This takes the form of encountering religious stories, festivals, artefacts, places of worship, rituals and beliefs.

Aims

  • To provide a wide range of encounters with religion which will help children form view of the world that they can apply to their own experiences
  • To encourage and develop children’s interest and opinions about simple concepts that are common to themselves and religions, and recognise and express their own values and beliefs.
  • To enable children to consider the effects religion has on people’s lives.

Principles for teaching and learning in RE

RE at Freegrounds Junior School is taught in accordance with the legal requirements of the Agreed Syllabus for Hampshire, Living Difference III. We follow the recommended time allocation of 45 hours of RE per year for Key Stage 2, with links made with other areas of the curriculum where appropriate.

 

Strategies for the teaching of RE

We use a number of strategies to cover all styles of learning.  These being:

  • Links with the Creative Arts and RE such as Drama, Art, Music and Literacy
  • Using ICT where appropriate
  • A mix of whole-class/ group/ individual approaches
  • Mixed-ability groups with tasks appropriate for children’s ages and abilities
  • Reflection on religious symbols, sounds and the use of silence
  • Visits to places of worship and visits by members of faith communities
  • Exploring religious artefacts
  • Listening to religious stories

Wherever possible we use first-hand experiences as a stimulus for learning.  We encourage children to question the stories, the practices and beliefs they encounter, and form opinions about them.

The school is developing links with the local church and visits are made to other local places of worship.  Outside visitors also contribute to the RE curriculum.

Strategies for progression and continuity

Long term and medium term planning are provided by the RE Leader in consultation with all staff.

Staff are responsible for their own short term planning as appropriate for their class.

Assessment procedures for RE are in line with the age-related expectations contained in Living Difference III in the appendices.  Assessments are made to monitor attainment and progress in RE and inform future planning.

Strategies for recording and reporting

Attainment in RE is recorded by individual class teachers.  Work samples are collected from each class by the RE leader regularly throughout the year.  Children’s progress is reported to parents annually.

Strategies for use of resources

A range of resources is available to enrich the RE curriculum.  Resources can be accessed by all staff in the following ways:

  • RE boxes stored centrally in the RE cupboard.
  • The library contains fiction and non-fiction books relevant to RE
  • Borrowing from the RE Centre in Winchester

 

Parental right of withdrawal

In accordance with the Education Act 1996, School Standards and Framework Act 1998 and Education Act 2002, parents have the right to withdraw their children from the teaching of Religious Education, without influence from the school, although the school will ensure parents or carers are informed of this right and are aware of the educational objectives and content of the Religious Education syllabus. In this way, parents can make an informed decision. Where parents have requested that their child is withdrawn, their right must be respected, and where Religious Education is integrated in the curriculum, the school will discuss the arrangements with the parents or carers to explore how the child’s withdrawal can be best accommodated. In order to avoid misunderstandings, any parent wishing to withdraw their child may arrange a meeting with the Headteacher in order to discuss:

  • The religious issues about which the parent would object to his/her child being taught.
  • The practical implications of withdrawal e.g. supervision and alternative activities.
  • The circumstances in which the school can reasonably accommodate parental wishes.
  • Any advance notice required of such Religious Education.

 

Link Policies:

  • School Vision and Values
  • Collective Worship
  • SMSC
  • Equalities