Religious Education (RE)
‘Equality implies individuality – respect and celebrate’
In an ever-changing human population, it is vital that children are taught to recognise and respect individual differences around them. An increasing ability to show recognition of different worldwide views and beliefs, including developing their own, will allow them to become an important part of communities, helping to maintain their own and others well-being whilst supporting those most in need.
At Redfield Edge Primary School, we believe that a high-quality religious education will help pupils’ gain a coherent knowledge and understanding, where they can articulate clearly and confidently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences.
RE is taught using the ‘Discovery RE’ scheme. It adapts an enquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. Religious Education is a key player in engendering knowledge and understanding however, does not teach children to passively accept, but rather encourages evaluation and critical thinking, equipping them to consider beliefs and positions they encounter. Progression is evident through building upon the pupil’s prior knowledge, allowing them to follow the steps of engaging and investigating the different religions, leading to the process of evaluating and expressing to ensure understanding and progress is made. This should inspire and build each child’s ‘religious literacy’, helping them to understand the nature and diversity of religion and belief in the world in which they live in and the relationships between different groups of society. Religious Education is also taught in-line with the procedures and guidelines laid down by South Gloucestershire locally agreed syllabus and guidelines from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.
Our Collective Worship is largely Christian based, but not exclusively. Children have regular opportunities to come together as a school community, whether in class or during whole school assemblies. In these, we discuss values, reflect upon our actions and develop an understanding of what is happening in the world around us. In addition, during these times children have the opportunity to celebrate their achievements both in and out of school, to be congratulated by their school family.
At Redfield Edge Primary School, RE is implemented through the ‘Discovery RE’ scheme of work. This is an enquiry-based approach to teaching and learning in Religious Education.
Christianity is taught every year, with Christmas and Easter given new treatment with each revisit, developing learning in a progressive way. Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are also covered and Humanist perspectives are added when appropriate in some enquiries.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) opportunities are mapped throughout the programme as is each enquiry’s contribution to developing British Values.
At Redfield Edge, the impact of our Religious Education curriculum is that children will develop respect for other peoples’ views and celebrate the diversity in society. They will foster attitudes such as curiosity, open-mindedness, self-understanding, respect, wonder and appreciation. Pupils’ will have increased awareness of spiritual and moral issues in their life experiences.
By year 6, children will have developed their enquiry, investigative and research skills to a level which will enable them to make reasoned judgments about religious issues. Pupils will have the subject knowledge and understanding to develop a personal response to the fundamental questions of life.
The impact of our RE curriculum will be measured through the articulation of children’s views and understanding during lessons and pupil books. This will be supplemented by the use of Discovery RE Pupil Tracking sheets.