Religious Education has a significant role for the development of pupil’s 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 identify and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. The principle aim of RE 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.
The 2020 syllabus for RE aims to ensure all children:
- Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews.
- Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.
- Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.
Religious Education plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHE, in promoting social awareness and understanding in our children. Teaching should encourage children to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. Teaching should include and promote British Values, ensuring that children are aware of their rights and responsibilities as UK citizens. High quality Religious Education should inspire the children to be knowledgeable, respectful and thoughtful of people close to them, within their community and around the world, regardless of their beliefs. Teaching should encourage the children be aware of the misjudgements and misconceptions that sometimes occur when looking at religions and beliefs.
The teaching of RE is based upon the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus. In EYFS this has been broken down into a yearly plan with different objectives of RE covered in each term. There are also units of works provided with these objectives to ensure that teachers have as much support as I can provide to they feel comfortable to provide quality teaching. KS1 has a yearly plan for year 1 and year 2 with the progression of skills to split the syllabus and to make sure we are covering all the objectives in KS1. These are also provided with units of work to support the teaching of RE. The KS1 chosen religions to study are:
As well as working as individuals, children are also given the opportunity to share and discuss ideas and feelings. They are encouraged to listen to peers and take on other thoughts and feelings.
Children at Ladycross Infant and Nursery School enjoy learning about other religions and why people choose, or chose not to follow a religion. Through their RE learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider worlds, developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life. As such, RE is invaluable in an ever changing and shrinking worlds. This is achievable with a new syllabus which celebrate differences.
By the end of year 1 and year 2, children are expected to know, understand and apply skills related to the attainment targets set out in each term. Assessment criteria has been developed in line with the expectations laid out in the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus. This syllabus has been carefully divided into progression of skills. To enable teachers to make an accurate assessment of the children’s learning the following takes place:
- Lessons are planned in conjunction with the yearly and termly plan. Units of work are provided to ensure quality teaching takes place.
- Topic books are marked on a regular basis.
- Book scrutinies take place on a termly basis by the subject leader.
- Children in EYFS are formally assessed against Development Matters, within Understanding of the World and Personal, Social and Emotional Development strands termly. At the end of EYFS pupils are assessed against the ELG’s.
- Tapestry is used to assess the children on a regular basis.
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