The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. (Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE 2017-2022)
The RE curriculum ‘shall 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’. (Education Act 1996)
- develop knowledge and coherent underdstanding of Christianity and the other principal religious and non-religious views represented in Great Britian
- appreciate the way that beliefs, values and traditions shape life and our behaviour
- develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues
- widen and deepen the vocabulary they use
- enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
It is important to prepare children and young people for life in a twenty-first-century world, and religion and belief play a central role in local and global affairs. Religious Education gives our children an ideal opportunity to find out what matters most to people in a wide range of traditions represented in our county and beyond, and to discern what is of value for themselves as they develop their own ideas and ways of living.
We want our lessons to be informative, engaging and challenging, allowing children to gain a developing understanding of the range of religious and non-religious world views studied, over a period of time. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. A valuable way to build understanding is through using the key words of religions and religious study so we ensure specialist vocabulary is explicitly taught and used.
In order to deliver the aims and expected standards of the syllabus effectively, there is an expectation that there is a minimum allocation of 5% of curriculum time for RE.
- Making sense of beliefs
- Understanding the impact
- Making connections
Our curriculum is designed to give every child a life-long love of learning, gain knowledge and acquire skills and to ultimately help them succeed in life beyond Ashchurch.
We make the curriculum engaging and inspiring to ensure all of our children reach their potential. We do this by:
- Providing a range of different discussion-based lessons so children can ask questions and reflect
- Ensuring a range of different outcomes including artwork, drama and written pieces.
- Using our wider community to support the teaching of Religious Education.
We have regular visits to the local church, as well as them coming to visit us to deliver our ‘Open the Book’ assembliesand, we liaise with parents who have different religious beliefs and welcome visitors from a broad range of faiths.
There are no presumptions made as to the religious backgrounds and beliefs and values of the children and the staff. We value the religious background of all members of the school community and hope that this will encourage individuals to share their own experiences with others freely. All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links, which are, and can be made between home, school, and a faith community. We acknowledge that each religion studied can contribute to the education of all our pupils. We promote teaching in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible for both staff and children.
Through their R.E. learning, children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. R.E. offers our children the means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way. They develop an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community. Informed dialogue is vital and R.E. promotes dialogue based on mutual respect and understanding, listening to each other’s views without denying differences, and being able to explore disagreements with evidence and argument. As such, R.E. is invaluable in an ever-changing world and links closely with social aspects of learning, science and geography.
Children's progress can be seen in what they say and do. High quality examples of some of these outcomes are recorded and displayed in class RE books. The Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education is high quality, well thought-out and planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our RE lessons through identified activities within the teaching sequence, observing pupils as they work and interact, setting tasks that require specific skills and evaluating completed work after a lesson.