Religious Education

Religious Education Curriculum Statement

Intent

At Heytesbury School, our intent for RE, is to foster the development of pupils’ own spiritual  and philosophical convictions, allowing them to explore and enrich their own faith and beliefs as well as the faiths and beliefs of others.

We aim to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all,and which will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know, question, remember and understand more. We aim to enable our children to become independent and responsible members of a society who explore the big questions about life, and who, having learnt what people believe, can appreciate the difference this makes to how they live. Children begin to make sense of religion, reflecting on and accepting  their own ideas and ways of living. We provide our children with opportunities to learn about religions and therefore different cultures.

Through our Religious Education curriculum we aim:

  • to engage pupils in enquiring into and exploring questions arising from the study of religion and belief, so as to promote their personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  • to provide learners with knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religious traditions and beliefs represented in Great Britain.
  • to develop their understanding of the ways in which beliefs influence people in their behaviour, practices and outlook.
  • to enable learners to apply the insights of the principal religious traditions to their own search for identity and significance.
  • to enable learners to become aware of their own beliefs and values and to have a positive attitude to the search for meaning and purpose in life.
  • to encourage learners to develop a positive attitude towards other people who hold religious beliefs different from their own.

Implementation

What is taught in RE?

RE is taught in termly topic based units within a rolling programme and delivered within a weekly lesson. Four of the yearly units focus on Christianity - the other two on: Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam.

Each unit has a theme and a key question. Through an enquiry based approach, children develop their understanding and knowledge over the term in order to be able to articulate their own answer to the key question.

What will my child learn?

RE is taught discretely on a weekly basis throughout the school following a two year rolling programme in Otter and Foxes, and a three year programme in Badgers which adheres to guidance set out in the Wiltshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2016 – 2021. Units of learning are taken from Understanding Christianity for Christianity topics and Discovery RE for other world religions. Concepts are revisited at increasing depth as children progress through the school, embedding and developing previous learning. Children are increasingly encouraged to make links between religious beliefs and ways of life. A progression of knowledge is mapped out across each year group and assessed at the end of each unit. Each unit has a key question at its core to which children are gradually given the knowledge and skills to formulate their own considered response.

Planned opportunities arise which enable the children to revisit previous learning in order to embed, recall and apply concepts and understanding.

Impact

Pupils gain an increasing understanding and knowledge of principal world faiths. In doing so, they begin to explore the impact of faith and religious tradition on behaviours and choices. This enquiry promotes pupils’ own personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and allows them the opportunity to reflect on, question and develop their own beliefs. Similarities and differences between religious beliefs are increasingly identified as is a positive attitude towards other people who hold religious beliefs different from their own.