Through a positive caring environment, we provide the opportunity for every child to reach their full potential. We embrace Christian values and ensure all children are ready for their next steps.

RE explores how individuals and communities make meaning and sense of their lives through the major religions of the world, enabling pupils to know about, understand and respond to the important and ultimate questions of life.

St George’s C E (c) Primary School

R.E. Policy (2017)

 

Introduction

As a Church school we at St George’s recognise the importance of fostering a positive Christian ethos within our school. This is achieved through sustained, interesting and valuable religious education experiences. The main part will be concerned with Christianity, although the four other main world religions will be covered.

 

Aims

In R.E. we aim to:

  • Offer pupils knowledge and experiences that will develop their understanding of what religious faith is and what it means to those who hold it.
  • Foster respect and understanding of others
  • Deliver implicit teaching to encourage the moral and spiritual development of all pupils
  • Offer varied and thought provoking experiences that allow children to explore and understand what it means to be a member of any world faith.

 

Approach

Religious Education will take a child- centred approach starting from the learners’ personal experiences.

In line with the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus, RE has two attainment targets:

AT1 Learning about religions

Exploring and examining religious beliefs, spirituality, teachings, worship, practices, behaviour and ways of expressing meaning.

AT2 learning from religions

Exploring and responding to questions of identity, belonging, experience, meaning, purpose, value, commitment and spirituality.

 

Four major concepts form the basis of RE teaching

 Belonging

 Worship

 Belief and behaviour

 Ways of seeing the world

 

The Scheme of Work for RE is planned to reflect these areas.

RE is taught in units of approximately half a term. RE is taught as a discrete subject with links made in other areas if appropriate.

 

At St George’s the following world faiths are taught with a ratio of 2/3 Christianity 1/3 other religions:

 Key Stage One- Christianity and Islam

 Key Stage Two- Christianity, Islam and Sikhism

 These faiths are represented locally, particularly in Burton and Derby, which have Muslim, Hindu and Sikh populations.

In addition, links are made between Christianity and other world faiths when appropriate.

Time allocation

In line with Derbyshire requirements R.E. is allocated 5% of curriculum time

Recommended time allocation based on a twelve week term:-

  • KS1 8hrs/term
  • KS2 10hrs/term

 

Assessment and Reporting

Assessment in R.E. is formative and builds on what children can do to further develop their skills, knowledge and understanding. Teachers report annually to parents on progress in Religious Education.

We recognise that children’s knowledge and understanding can be demonstrated and assessed through various means, eg. Through role play, drama and discussion.

 

Staffing responsibility

The class teacher is responsible for planning and delivering the R.E. Curriculum to the pupils in his/her class; for assessing and reporting on pupil progress’ for setting clear achievable   goals’; for ensuring work is matched to children’s abilities, experience and interests.

The R.E. coordinator is responsible for the development and monitoring of the R.E. curriculum; for ensuring progression and continuity in planning for R.E. across the school; for keeping abreast of current developments; for monitoring standards in the subject and for ensuring that suitable resources are maintained. S/he is responsible for updating the School’s policy, scheme of work and subject development plan which will inform the School Improvement Plan.

The Headteacher is responsible for standards in R.E. and for ensuring that the school meets its statutory obligations.  

 

Special Educational Needs

 It is the responsibility of the class teacher to ensure that any special equipment needed for a lesson be available to children with special educational needs and that content is differentiated to enable all children to access relevant learning which enables them to succeed and to experience success.

 

Withdrawals

Parents have the right to withdraw their child(ren) from Religious Education lessons in consultation with the Headteacher. They will notify the school of their intentions in writing.

 S.M Lush 2017