Religious Education curriculum statement
Religious education has a place as a central subject in the curriculum provision offered here at Badsworth C of E Junior and Infant School; The 1988 Education Act states that ‘Religious Education has equal standing in relation to core subjects of the National Curriculum in that it is compulsory for all registered pupils.’
Through our Religious Education curriculum, we aim to engage pupils in enquiring into and exploring questions arising from the study of religion and belief, so as to promote their personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We will provide learners with knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religious traditions and beliefs represented in Great Britain, and we intend to develop their understanding of the ways in which those various beliefs influence people in their behaviour, practices and outlook. We will enable learners to apply the insights of the principal religious traditions to their own search for identity and significance as they become aware of their own beliefs and values and develop a positive attitude to the search for meaning and purpose in life. We will encourage learners to develop a positive attitude towards other people who hold religious beliefs different from their own.
The legal requirements for Religious Education state that it is a statutory subject of the curriculum for all pupils in each year group and ‘should be provided for all registered pupils except those withdrawn at the request of their parents.’ (s 71 SSFA 1998) Our curriculum should ‘reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.’ (s375 (3) Education Act 1996) We ensure that we comply with the legal requirements by following Year plans which are in place from Foundation Stage to Year 6. These follow the Wakefield LA Agreed Syllabus 2018 -22 and the Understanding Christianity units.
Religious Education is generally taught on a weekly basis, but is sometimes delivered through a class topic or as a whole-school RE enrichment session. Teachers may develop their own key questions linked to the themes in the syllabus, allowing links with other subject areas where appropriate. Lessons are planned and delivered in a variety of ways ensuring that all children can access and participate in lessons. Interactive, practical activities encourage the children to discuss their ideas and extend their understanding of difficult concepts and challenging questions.
Pupils’ progress in RE is based on the expected outcomes outlined in the Agreed Syllabus and in Understanding Christianity, which in turn have been developed in line with guidance produced nationally. These outcomes have been developed into Key Performance Indicators for each year group and students are assessed regularly against these KPIs.
We track individual pupil’s progress in this way, whilst also bearing in mind that the statements do not cover all aspects of teaching and learning in RE. For example, pupil’s personal views and ideas are not subject to formal assessment, and yet are central to good RE. Progress in RE is reported annually to parents and has a prominent position in the end of year report.
As a result of effective Religious Education teaching, children will have:
Children at Badsworth CE J&I School develop a knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal world religions, other religious traditions and world views. They will have a developed understanding and respect for different religions, beliefs, values and traditions (including ethical life stances), through exploring issues within and between faiths and be able to discuss topical issues using this learning. Their lessons will improve their skills of enquiry and responses through the use of religious vocabulary, questioning and empathy, as well as their skills of reflection, expression, application, analysis and evaluation of beliefs, values and practices, and the communication of personal responses to these. Religious Education at Badsworth also encourages pupils to consider challenging questions of the meaning and purpose of life; beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It helps them to understand the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
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