Subject Leader - Mrs Marriott
Religious Education plays an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. Religious Education enhances pupils’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression as well as the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and culture. For example, by looking at themes such as compassion, forgiveness, service, charity, sharing and friendship, the children can develop their own understanding of these issues and how religions view them.
At Orchard, we follow the Agreed Syllabus for Bexley when teaching RE. We look at a range of religions and find out about belief systems and practises. As well as learning about religions we try and learn from religions too and think about our own views and practices (religious or not). It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own.
We respond to our learning in a variety of ways - written responses to questions, retelling stories, exploring our own opinions discussing and debating, drawing, building or crafting.
EYFS and RE
Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives and early activities and experiences provide the basis for later development in all areas of learning. Religious education aims to promote the personal and spiritual development of children through an exploration of the world of religion in terms of its special people, stories, times, places and objects. A key aspect of spiritual development is to enable children to reflect on that which is of worth and value in their own lives and the lives of others.
KS1 and KS2 RE
All classes cover Christianity topics and one other religion:
Year 1 - Judaism Year 2 - Hinduism
Year 3 - Sikhism Year 4 - Islam
Year 5 - Buddhism Year 6 - Big Questions
The curriculum has a real emphasis on key questions and encouraging the children to develop an enquiring mind to express feelings and to deepen their thinking. The children are given lots of opportunities to reflect on their learning.
Some Religious festivals are covered in assembly during the course of the school year and also in class linked to the religion and units of work the children are covering.
How can you help at home?
We encourage parents to come in and support RE lessons by speaking to the children about their religion, family customs and by showing artefacts. We also have good links with our local minister and church. We use the church for Carols at Christmas and celebrations at other times of the year.
Useful links for RE information
All children in our school have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. The school aims to meet the needs of all pupils and this expectation is met in RE.
The needs of all pupils are met through: effective differentiation within individual lessons; adult support to scaffold learning and extend learning; promoting religious understanding as well as deepening religious thinking and knowledge where possible.
RE is assessed at the end of the year by the class teacher. This is linked to the objectives within AT1 and AT2. Teachers plan opportunities for children to explain their own beliefs and religious thinking as well as describing what they have learnt about others. Teachers also take photos of learning that has taken place, group work and creative work, to add to their class books.