Love, Laugh, Learn – Walking with Jesus to life in all its fullness – John 10:10
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CURRICULUM
INTENT, IMPLEMENTATION AND IMPACT
Intent: it is compulsory for all registered pupils’. Our school vision is to Love, Laugh, Learn – Walking with Jesus to life in all its fullness – John 10:10, therefore, in RE we aim to provide a rich and engaging curriculum that is inclusive and challenging for all pupils. RE has a unique place as a central subject in the curriculum of Abbey CofE School. It is neither a core nor a foundation subject; 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:
Implementation Legal requirements for Religious Education Religious Education 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of the curriculum for all pupils in each year group and ‘should be provided for all registered pupils except those withdrawn at the request of their parents’. (s71 SSFA 1998)
Parents have the right to request that their son or daughter be excused from all or part of the RE provided at school.
The syllabus 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 principal religious represented in Great Britain.’ (s375 (3) Education Act 1996)
We ensure that we comply with the legal requirements by following the Warwickshire agreed syllabus for Religious Education and The ‘Understanding Christianity’ scheme as recommended by Coventry Diocese. We adapt both resources to support the unique needs of our pupils in school.
Religious Education is taught weekly, in discreet lessons. This is combined with a daily act of worship where children learn about our school Christian values of Thankfulness, Respect, Forgiveness, Perseverance, Hope, Friendship, Love and Courage. Lessons are planned and delivered in a variety of ways ensuring that all children can access and participate in lessons. They are interactive and practical activities and artefacts bring the children’s learning to life. We have strong links to our local church and children learn about Christianity through regular visits to church and through strong partnership working with our local church vicar.
Through RE, children are encouraged to discuss their ideas and extend their understanding of difficult concepts and challenging questions. Bible stories and stories from other religions are used as a vehicle to understanding some of the key learning and ideas. Links are made with children’s learning in PSHE to further strengthen and deepen their understanding.
Pupils’ progress in RE is based on the expected outcomes outlined in the Agreed Syllabus and in Understanding Christianity. Teachers make use of formative assessments to make judgements about pupil’s understanding. The carefully sequenced units of work allow teachers to revisit concepts and build on previous learning both catering for children who require further reinforcement and for those who are ready to deepen their learning further. Ongoing teacher assessments and record keeping inform the teaching and learning process.
Impact Children demonstrate an interest in and fascination about Christianity and other religions. Religious Education at Abbey develops children's…
The high quality of the children’s work is represented through the different forms including, photographic evidence, artwork, poetry, prayer, role play and music. Where applicable, visits and a rich range of practical activities are used to support children’s, knowledge, understanding and engagement.