Curriculum

Religious Education

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Subject Leader : Mrs Windsor

At Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery School our R.E. Curriculum is taught in line with the Wakefield Agreed Syllabus 2018.

The curriculum for R.E. aims to ensure that all pupils:
1. Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews.
2. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.
3. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage with religions and worldviews.

We encourage our children to develop tolerance and respect of others' views whilst being secure in the knowledge that their own views, opinions and feelings will be valued.

Our children are taught to develop their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts.

Children at Lee Brigg are taught to use their subject specific language, to raise questions and begin to express their own views and questions in response to the religions and cultures that they are learning about.

Key Stage One pupils are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding when learning about Christian, Muslim and Jewish people. Children will also be exposed to other religions through themes and celebrations.
Children will learn about religions through first-hand experiences with artefacts, stories, religious buildings and visitors.

We have established links with the local churches within the community and are regularly visited by our local Revered who deliveries assemblies to our children.

How is the subject taught?

R.E. is taught through discrete weekly lessons, as well as special themed days or weeks.

A two year, long term rolling programme maps out the coverage of the discrete teaching and learning opportunities for children to develop their knowledge .
Within each R.E lesson class teachers carefully plan the specific outcomes for their year group, based upon age the appropriate knowledge and skills that is expected in accordance with the Wakefield Agreed Syllabus 2018.. Our teaching and learning opportunities allow all children to reflect on other religions and make comparison to their own lives. Children are introduced to and reminded of key vocabulary. Questioning is used to check their understanding and prior knowledge, before new concepts or skills are introduced. Modelling is used by class teachers to clarify expectations. Children are then given plentiful opportunities to consolidate, build upon and apply basic skills and knowledge to tasks.

In R.E lessons we explain to children that they are learning:
Find out about different religions, faiths and beliefs
Tolerate and respect the thoughts, feelings and ideas of others
Compare religious practices
Compare the ideas, beliefs and religions of others to our own

In addition to discrete teaching in R.E, links with other subject areas, as well as learning through assemblies and as part of the overall ethos of celebrating diversity within school, ensures that elements of the R.E curriculum are accessed by children throughout the year.

How do we know that our children are making progress?

Ongoing assessments of the children's knowledge and skills is observed by the class teacher. Misconceptions are addressed and next steps carefully planned. Children's outcomes are compared to the subject specific skills and knowledge documents. At the end of a block of discrete teaching (or term) subject leaders gather an overview of children's ouctomes in each subject area. This is used to plan appropriate next steps for their future learning, as well as provide an overview of learning within a subject area across the whole school.

How do we promote Communication & Language (including reading), Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Physical Health and Wellbeing?

Our R.E. curriculum in school promotes some of our key curriculum drivers. Children are taught about the importance of building positive relationships with others. Stories from a wide range of religions emphasise the importance of caring for one another and how to be a good friend. Children are taught about the importance of 'Belonging', whether that is being part of a family, class, school, club or religion, they are encouraged to be proud of the person that they are, the work that they do and the choices that they make.

What wider opportunities are provided for our children?

We have strong links with the local Churches within our immediate community. Children reguarly visit the churches, both to take part in celebrations with their parents and carers, as well as learn about Christian values and beliefs. Visits enhance teaching opportunities as children take part in baptisms and wedding services and learn the meaning behind them.

Children are also given the opportunity to visit places of worship from other religions. Where this is not always possible, members of other religious communities come into school to provide workshops and to work with chidren.

Please click here to see our R.E themes. R.E Themes