We aim to:

  • enable children to gain a greater understanding of themselves and a more sympathetic awareness of the needs of others;

  • help the pupils to be better equipped to cope with the experiences and responsibilities of adult life;

  • encourage pupils to respect and understand those who follow different faiths and to recognise and question prejudice;

  • foster feelings of wonder, delight and mystery in the world around them

 

 

Legal requirements

The statutory requirements are to be found in the Education Act (1944) and the Education Reform Act (1988).

 

  1. Religious Education is part of the basic curriculum but not of the National Curriculum.  It must be taught according to a locally agreed syllabus prepared by a specially convened standing conference.  Religious Education is taught within the framework of the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus, adopted by Blackpool LEA in 1998.

  2. Religious Education must not be denominational but teaching about denominational difference is permitted.

  3. Religious Education must be provided for all registered pupils but parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education lessons.

  4. The Education Reform Act (1988) states that the “Religious Education must reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of other principal religions represented in the country”. The Lancashire Agreed Syllabus meets the above requirements.

 

Curriculum and School Organisation

In order to achieve these aims, RE is organised as follows:

  • it is based upon the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus 2011;

  • each year group investigates a key question;

  • it is taught to each class within each year group either weekly or as a block.

  • in Key Stage1 and 2, in accordance with the Agreed Syllabus, each year group follows a scheme of three units of Christianity plus two progressed religions (currently Judaism and Buddhism) and one unit each from the other main religions (Hinduism, Islam or Sikhism)

 

The teaching of RE throughout the Early Years is planned and taught through the celebration of religious festivals; taking into consideration of the religious backgrounds of the cohort for that academic year.

 

 

Throughout the school we provide opportunity for children to visit places of worship and arrange for visitors to come into school to discuss their faith and to answer the children’s questions.

 

In addition, a considerable amount of RE is implicit and taught by example and discussions of the pupils’ own experiences. Skills such as observing, questioning, discussing, evaluating and reflecting are encouraged in all parts of the curriculum but are highlighted in RE. Sensitivity to others and a readiness to listen to others’ viewpoints are fostered throughout the curriculum and especially in RE and PSHCE.

 

Children are sometimes withdrawn from the subject at the request of their carers. In these instances, alternative provision is made for them.

 

 

Planning, Organisation and Assessment

The class teacher is responsible for ensuring that short-term plans are adapted and effective for children in their own class. These plans will list the specific learning objectives of each lesson. The class teacher keeps these individual plans and s/he and the subject leader discuss their strengths and areas for improvement on an informal basis.

 

Within classes, pupils are taught as whole class groups, smaller groups and sometimes individuals. Within this structure:

  • groups can be mixed ability with differentiation by outcome or by role or ability groups with differentiation by outcome or by task or by level of support;

  • groups and individuals are encouraged to communicate feelings and findings in a variety of ways;

  • ICT is used where appropriate;

  • cross-curricular links are identified in individual class plans where appropriate.

 

Assessment is based upon the eight level scale broken down within the Agreed Syllabus. These levels address the two non-statutory attainment targets:

  1. to develop knowledge and understanding of religion (learning about religion);

  2. to explore and respond to human experience (learning from religion).

There is also a P scale for children below level one.

 

Teacher assessment includes: marking children’s written work, observation of and discussion with children. Teachers use assessment to inform their weekly plans within the framework of the Agreed Syllabus.

 

RE Curriculum overview  

 

Year and key question

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Investigation 1

Investigation 2

Investigation 3

Investigation 4

Investigation 5

Investigation 6

Year 1

What do people say about God?

Buddhism

 

Christianity

God

 

Islam

 

Christianity

Jesus

 

Judaism

 

Christianity

Church

 

Year 2

How do we respond to the things that

really matter?

Islam

Christianity

God

Judaism

Christianity

Jesus

Buddhism

Christianity

Church

Year 3

Who should we follow?

Judaism

Christianity

God

Buddhism

Christianity

Jesus

Islam

Christianity

Church

Year 4

How should we live our lives?

Buddhism

Christianity

God

Judaism

Christianity

Jesus

Christianity

Church

Islam

Year 5

Where can we find guidance about how to live our lives?

Christianity

Church

Christianity

God

Sikhism

Christianity

Jesus

 

Judaism

Buddhism

Year 6

In what ways is life like a journey?

Hinduism

Christianity

God

Judaism

Christianity

Jesus

Buddhism

Christianity

Church