Intent

At Acomb Primary School we believe that Religious education contributes dynamically to our children’s education in school by provoking challenging questions about

 

  • The meaning and purpose in life.
  • Beliefs about God.
  • Ultimate reality.
  • Issues of right and wrong.
  • What it means to be human.

 

Our teaching provides opportunities for our children to learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts and to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions.

 

Our RE lessons provide a safe space for children to explore the ‘big questions’ in life, equipping them with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews. This then enables them to develop their own ideas, values and identities. 

 

Our children should develop an aptitude for dialogue, so that they can participate positively in society, with its diverse religions and worldviews.

How RE links with our school values

Achievement  
Aspiration  
Communication In RE lessons children feel comfortable and secure to share their own thoughts and opinions when discussing the big  questions. They will listen to others thoughts and ideas, showing respect, compassion and consideration
Community Our teaching of RE will encourage our children to show respect and tolerance towards all people in the community. They will have an understanding of the basic values of the religions studied and be able to relate this to the people they meet showing understanding and compassion.
Independence Our independent views are encouraged in a safe environment. We are encouraged to express our own ideas and thoughts in an environment free of judgement and allowed to be ourselves.
Opportunity We have the opportunity to learn about how different people live. Through our exciting RE curriculum we embrace opportunities to visit places of worship and have visitors in school with different religious views.

Implementation

At Acomb Primary School, Years 1-6 plan our RE curriculum using the York Locally Agreed Syllabus. Our long and medium term plans ensure that there is progression throughout the school and that children are building upon knowledge learnt in previous years. We have mixed-age classes, therefore our long term plan follows a two year cycle with carefully placed units across the two years ensuring breadth of study and progression. Each unit is based on a big question that aims to promote deep thought. The units have been designed so that pupils develop knowledge and understanding of the principal religions in Great Britain and Christianity is taught as a core religion in both key stages. Our RE curriculum allows children to see the similarities within the major religions and make connections. Each year group will look at festivals in a variety of religions. Where possible, our teaching will be supplemented with trips to places of worship or visits from people from religious communities.

 

In our Early Years, RE sits firmly within the areas of personal, social and emotional development and understanding of the world. This framework enables children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others, and to learn how to form positive and respectful relationships. Young children begin to understand and value the differences of individuals and groups within their own immediate community. It provides children with opportunities to explore the world of religion in terms of special people, books, times, places and objects.

Impact

Through our RE teaching, children learn to respond sensitively and imaginatively to questions about their own and others’ ideas, experiences and feelings.

 

Our children will leave school prepared for life in Modern Britain with respectful, positive attitudes developed towards all people, regardless of religion with an understanding that all people should be treated equally.