Article 28: Every child has the right to an education
Intent: What we are trying to achieve in our curriculum?
Our intent for R E is for every child to leave Kirklevington Primary School with a deep knowledge and understanding of the six main world religions (Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism). By the teaching of R E, children are able to grow morally, culturally and socially and develop empathy for the beliefs of others. R E provides a safe environment for children to discuss moral issues and form their own opinions.
Religious Education has a significant role for the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs and encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. The principle aim of R E is to engage pupils in an enquiry approach where they can develop an understanding and appreciation for the expression of beliefs, cultural practices and influence of principle religions and worldviews in the local, national and wider global community.
Religious Education is unique in the school curriculum in that it is neither a core nor a foundation subject, however the Guidance released in 2010 views it as an important curriculum subject. It is the intent of Kirklevington Primary School that Religious Education promotes an enquiry-based approach through the implementation of the Stockton on Tees Agreed Syllabus for RE from Key Stage One and Two and can be used to contribute to the learning experiences of the early learning goals within the Foundation Stage.
Religious Education at Kirklevington Primary School develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the major world religions. It develops the understanding and respect for religious traditions, beliefs and values by exploring issues within faiths. Children are encouraged to consider challenging questions, such as the meaning and purpose of life and issues of right and wrong. Children receive religious and ethical teaching in order to make reasoned and informed responses to religious, social and moral issues. Children are taught to develop respect for others, especially those of a different faith to others.
Religious Education is planned on a three year rolling programme. A cycle of lessons is planned for each subject, which carefully considers progression and depth. Children are challenged to apply their learning in a philosophical manner. Trips and visiting experts enhance the learning experience.
Termly summative assessments are used to determine the children’s’ understanding and inform teacher’s planning and further differentiated support for pupils. These data are reviewed on a termly basis by the Subject Leader who also carries out learning walks, book scrutiny and lesson observations. The impact of our RE curriculum is also sought directly from the pupils as surveys and questionnaires are used to gather pupils’ voice on this subject and together with summative assessment, action can be taken to further develop the RE curriculum.