The principal aim of R.E is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate the appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own. (Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2022- 2027)
‘RE explores the big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.’ (RE Today Services 2016)
RE at Hazel Grove Primary School is exploring big questions about life in order to promote deeper thinking. This will enable us to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how we live, so that we can make sense of religion and world views and reflect on our own ideas and ways of living.
The R.E curriculum delivered at Hazel Grove Primary School is based on the Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford Agreed Syllabus 2022-2027.
This is a curriculum of ambition and allows children to experience the significance of religious beliefs and worldviews within communities and the importance this understanding has on shaping their own minds. The curriculum allows children the freedom to explore their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Children develop knowledge and understanding of world faiths including Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam and Humanism in order to develop an acceptance of different beliefs. This prepares them for life in a diverse world where tolerance and cohesion within multi-cultural communities is key. By the end of KS2, we hope that the children are able to discuss, explain and be respectful to all faiths and their beliefs whilst maintaining an open-minded approach to new experiences.
The curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:
· Know about and understand a range of religious and non-religious worldviews.
· Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religious and non-religious worldviews
· Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religious and non-religious worldviews
In order to deliver these aims and expected standards that are outlined in the syllabus, 5% of the curriculum time is dedicated to R.E. This amounts to:
· 4-5’s- 36 hours of R.E per year (e.g. 50 minutes a week or some short sessions implemented through continuous provision).
· 5-7’s- 36 hours of R.E per year (e.g. 1 hour per week or less than an hour a week plus a series of R.E days).
· 7-11’s- 45 hours of R.E per year (e.g. an hour a week or a series of R.E days amounting to 45+ hours of R.E).
The RE curriculum is led by Miss Gilmour, who will monitor, review and celebrate good practice. The RE programme will follow Stockport Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2022-2027 scheme of work.
Our R.E curriculum:
· Makes sense to our children. It offers a clear structure for learning based around four strands- Believing, Expressing, Living and Values. Each strand is then broken down into ‘threads’.
· Focuses on core concepts and explores key ideas from different perspectives to enrich the children’s understanding.
· Allows children to encounter diverse examples of religion and worldviews.
· Enables children to embed their learning in their long- term memory.
· Makes space for pupils’ own beliefs/ worldviews and allows them to articulate this.
· Encourages pupils’ personal development and apply their own learning to living.
· Religious and non-religious worldviews are covered in depth over a series of lessons throughout a term to ensure children can fully immerse themselves in beliefs and values.
· RE topics cover a wider range of religions and faiths: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Humanism.
· R.E is taught through cross curricular work. This ensures all groups of pupils are exposed to the curriculum, including pupil premium and SEND children.
· The RE subject leader will attend training to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding, so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school.
· Children will have a stronger awareness of the world around them and will be ACCEPTING of the beliefs of others.
· Children will feel they are valued as individuals and that their beliefs are valued and celebrated.
· Enjoyment of the RE curriculum will promote creativity, achievement, confidence and inquisitive minds.
· Children feel safe to learn new things and share their beliefs with others in an accepting environment.
· Children promote social and ethnic harmony, with an awareness of British Values and Hazel Grove Primary School Values- Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Kindness.
· Children leave the school with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, analyse, empathise, make connections and become lifelong learners.
· Assessment of RE will be in line with the whole school feedback policy and teachers will assess progress and attainment of R.E.