RE Intent Statement
At Fawbert and Barnard’s Primary School, the aim of Religious Education is to engage, inspire and encourage pupils to acquire and develop their knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other faiths represented in the UK. Through exploration of different religions, they are able to be equipped with knowledge and skills to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues, and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We aim to promote positive attitudes in order to prepare children for responding to a correct prejudice. It encourages life-long learning.
At Fawbert and Barnard’s we follow 'exploRE', the Essex agreed syllabus for Religious Education. Where the following religions have been selected for study:
- Humanism (KS2)
We value the religious background of all members of the school community and believe RE has an important role for the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We promote respect towards those with other faiths and beliefs than our own. We encourage the children to develop their own sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. It is important that RE allows children to develop their own personal awareness and therefore, teaching encompasses more than teaching facts about religions. Children can explore their own identity, human relationships, right and wrong and philosophical questions. 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.
At Fawbert and Barnard’s Primary School, RE is usually taught for one session each week across the school or lessons may be blocked when appropriate. LKS2 will have the opportunity to discover RE through thematic learning. They will be able to explore basic similarities and differences between religions before exploring particular religions in depth. The thematic approach will allow them to revisit a theme and apply it in different way, resulting in a deeper understanding of the subject.
Year 3: Places of worship in different religions, scared writings in different religions, founders of different religions
Year 4: Worship in different religions, creation stories in different religions, initiation ceremonies in different religions.
UKS2 will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of principle religions by taking a systematic approach to learning. This means they will explore key religions in more depth focusing on; Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Humanism.
KS1 Religious Education learning will be approached differently to KS2 because it is an entirely new concept for them. Therefore, they will have the opportunity to link all learning with their own experiences. The religion in focus will be Christianity but they will have the chance to engage with a variety of religions. They will have the opportunity to discuss what is important to them and others, valuing themselves, reflect on their own experiences and develop a sense of belonging.
KS1 Topics: Special people, special places, special words and stories, special things in nature, special symbols and objects and special ways of living.
Year 1 will be focusing more on relating these topics to their home lives and selves. Year 2 will be focusing on relating these to the wider community.
R.E. is taught in a variety of ways at Fawbert and Barnards. Our aim is to engage pupil with an enquiry approach to learning. Children will be given the opportunity to: handle artefacts, explore sacred texts, respond to images, discuss their understanding with peers and carry out independent research. An enquiry approach allows the children to develop their own understanding and appreciation for the expression of beliefs, cultural practices and influence of religions. It allows the children to learn in a motivating way that encourages interest and helps develop positive and tolerant attitudes towards religions. Discussing religious and philosophical questions will give them the opportunity to communicate, share and grow their own beliefs.
The children at Fawbert and Barnard’s Primary enjoy learning about other religions and why people, choose or choose not to follow a religion. Through their learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. Religious Education provides for cross-curricular learning. Children can explore links with PSHE, Geography and Science. Our children are developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community.
Religious Education, offers our children the means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way. As such, R.E. is invaluable in an ever changing and shrinking world. It is important to recognise religion portrayal in the media and society in order for us to respond to stereotyping and misconceptions caused by misrepresentation.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Assessing children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary before and after the unit is taught.
- Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.
- Images and videos of the children’s practical learning.
- Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
- Learning walks and reflective staff feedback (teacher voice).
- Marking of written work in books.