Religious Education is taught weekly in all year groups through the study of key texts and concepts. Units of work are planned progressively to build upon learner’s previous knowledge and help draw comparisons between practices of different faiths. As recommended by the Locally Agreed Syllabus, each year group encounters Christianity and the study of another world faith each year. This is to aid understanding of key concepts and is designed to deepen children's knowledge and ask pertinent questions. Year 3 study Christianity and Hinduism. Year 4 study Christianity and Judaism. Year 5 study Christianity and Sikhism and Year 6 focus on Christianity and Islam. In addition, throughout the curriculum other worldviews and all these faiths are drawn upon as points of comparison in pertinent areas of study (e.g. sacred texts, pilgrimage etc.).
Our planning is based around the units of work from the Oxford Diocesan scheme but draws on quality resources from Understanding Christianity, RE today and Discovery RE. We follow an enquiry based model where pupils can both gain knowledge of Religion and reflect on its meaning and relevance to them in their daily lives. Lesson sequences follow the syllabus model of engagement, investigation, evaluation and expression. In this way children encounter and are assessed under their learning about religion and learning from religion.
Teachers' subject knowledge is supported through a programme of CPD and by the specialist subject lead, Headteacher and local advisors.
In addition to curriculum time, Religious Education is further enhanced in cross curricular activities and time is given to enter the NATRE spirited Arts programme in the Summer term. Learners choose to explore a big question through religious content and express their thoughts through Art (be it sculpture, drawing, drama, poetry etc.).