The Intent, Implementation and Impact of our Curriculum – R.E.

 

INTENT

At Seven Stars Primary School, we believe that it is important for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. 

 

The aim of Religious Education in our school is

  • to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain;
  • to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Religious Education is taught throughout the school in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and philosophy of the school and links very strongly to our Open Doors Curriculum which seeks to provide all pupils access to learning opportunities and skills for life by opening doors to five key areas:

 

Door 1 – Core knowledge and skills

Applies and develops Core Reading, Writing, Maths and Science knowledge and skills within the context of Religious Education (e.g. research about other Faiths and beliefs, interacting with key religious texts, writing reports, letters or diaries, understanding the dialogue between scientific and religious world views, using Maths to explore the demographics of belief, learn about the influence of famous religious figures on mathematical and scientific thinking)

Door 2 – The world

Show respect for all cultures, beliefs and traditions and, in doing so, to promote positive attitudes towards other people.

Enable children to understand their community and help them feel valued as part of this community and to value others (including through visits to places of worship or inviting people of faith into school)

Help children grow into reliable, independent and positive citizens taking their example from people of faith or no faith and identifying how their faith position affects how they relate to the world.

Door 3 – Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy lives  

Help our children to build positive relationships with other people from other cultures, faiths and traditions.

Encourage children to respect the ideas, attitudes, values, beliefs, traditions and feelings of others.

Explore what each religion believes about a healthy lifestyle.

Door 4 – Creativity  

Enable children to explore RE topics through the arts (e.g. paintings, music, sculptures, poetry) and identify how religious beliefs have been expressed over the ages (e.g. Handel’s Messiah, Islamic art, Hindu temples & architecture)

Develop children’s ability to express their own beliefs creatively

Door 5 – Communication and Language  

Expanding children’s vocabulary in talking about faith traditions ensuring they have the right words to express their ideas and beliefs with increasing effect

Developing their ability to listen to others (sharing experience and valuing each other’s beliefs, opinions and ideas)

Providing forums for healthy and respectful debate around key topics of belief

RE plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHCE, in promoting social awareness and understanding in our children. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. We include and promote British values, ensuring that children are aware of their rights and responsibilities as UK citizens.

Our curriculum is designed to encourage creativity, imagination, enquiry, debate, discussion and independence.

 

IMPLEMENTATION

We use the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education

 

At Seven Stars, it has been agreed that having taken into account the requirements and guidelines presented in the Agreed Syllabus, the following religions have been selected for study: 

 

  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Hinduism  
  • Buddhism
  • Sikhism

 

From the syllabus it is required that:-

In the Early Years Foundation Stage the learning outcomes are referenced to Christianity and as appropriate to a range of other beliefs and cultures

  • KS1 - Christianity is studied (and one other principal religion in some depth)
  • KS2 – Christianity is studied (and two other principal religions in some depth)

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. 

 

Members of Leyland Baptist Church play an active role in supporting our children and helping our children

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. 

 

IMPACT

The children at Seven Stars Primary enjoy learning about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion. Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world, developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life. As such, R.E. is invaluable in an ever changing and shrinking world.

 

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