As a Federation of church schools, Religious Education (RE) underpins all that we do. We believe that it is vital to develop the children's 'religious literacy' so that they may become religiously literate and will have the ability to 'hold balanced and well-informed conversations about religion and worldviews.' To enable them to do this, we provide a safe and stimulating environment where they can explore, improve their understanding of, and show respect for different faiths and cultural diversity. This will enable them to develop a knowledge and acceptance of religions and worldviews with the skill to debate respectfully. By encountering RE through the three lenses of the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus and the Understanding Christianity resources, our children will develop as theologians, philosophers and social/human scientists.
We aim to deliver creative, well-planned lessons to allow children to enquire and appreciate a range of beliefs and faiths within our multicultural society and understand how these shape lives and behaviour. We aim to open our children's eyes to the wider world through visits and visitors and through the Global Neighbours Project. Children are encouraged to be reflective on their own beliefs and understanding of the beliefs of others around them both in their local community and worldwide.
Through the teaching of RE, children will have a knowledge and understanding of:
- The major world religions and non-religious worldviews
- Theology: key texts and traditions; beliefs, teaching/ doctrines and sources; practices and ways of life/ forms of expression; identity and belonging
- Philosophy: how religion has influenced humanity's search for meaning and purpose
- Human/ Social Science: investigate and observe lived religious practices within local, national and international contexts; and consider how they have shaped and continue to shape society
Through the teaching of RE, children will have skills to:
- analyse a range of primary and secondary sources
- understand symbolic language
- use technical terminology effectively
- interpret meaning and significance
- evaluate and reflect on beliefs and ethics and how they impact upon the lives of others and themselves
- refine the way they think about the world and their place in it
- consider moral principles, including the nature of good and evil
As human/social scientists:
- respectfully critique and value the wide range of beliefs and cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of other, considering bother differences and commonalities
- recognise bias and stereotypes
- represent a range of views other than their own with accuracy
The curriculum may also develop the following:
- a moral compass - recognise the difference between right and wrong and readily apply this
- reflection upon their own beliefs and cultural practices
- making informed personal choices
- empathy with and an understanding of others
We will implement the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus through the use of enquiry questions and a rolling programme (see Curriculum Map below) that allows the children to build upon and extend their experiences, learning and knowledge in RE. Units are deliberately sequenced to build knowledge and skills not only in RE but also across the wider curriculum. For example to maximise pupil understanding, the Y456 B Science unit on Evolution and Inheritance is deliberately taught before the Y456 B RE unit Creation and Science- conflicting or complementary?
RE is usually taught weekly as a discreet subject but is sometimes delivered through a class topic, an RE day or it may be blocked. Lessons are planned and delivered in a variety of ways ensuring that all children can access and participate. Wherever possible, we plan interactive and practical activities in order to encourage the children to discuss their ideas and extend their understanding of difficult concepts and challenging questions.
Assessment of Attainment and Progress in RE
"Pupils' progress is assessed in relation to the purpose and aims of the subject. Therefore, this primarily concerns how well pupils are able to hold balanced and well-informed conservations about religion and worldviews." (pg 32 Norfolk Agreed Syllabus).
Staff use the non-statutory age-related expectations, the Federation's RE Skills Progression (see documents below), Norfolk SACRE exemplars and guidance in Understanding Christianity to inform their planning and assessment. End of year teacher assessments for RE are recorded on Pupil Asset and progress is reported annually to parents in the end of year report.
Our Collective Worship is Christian in content; encourages the worship of God and allows time for guidance leading to positive thought and development on spiritual, moral, social and emotional issues. It also offers an opportunity for quiet reflection and exploration of self.
We have close links with our local churches and local church groups, and regular visits are made to the schools by local ministers. More information about our local church can be found here.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship. Any parent or carer who wishes to discuss our RE curriculum or our Acts of Collective Worship please make an appointment to speak with the Head of School.