Religious Education


Religious Education

Cumbria Agreed Syllabus - RE

RE Policy

RE Curriculum Map

RE Curriculum Milestones

Intent

Religious Education (RE) at Levens CE School contributes to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children. We aim to foster an attitude of fair-minded enquiry towards a range of religious convictions and encourage respect for those holding different beliefs and none. 

There is “a commitment to generous hospitality, being true to our underpinning faith, but with a deep respect for the integrity of other religious traditions (and worldviews) and for the religious freedom of each person.” (Statement of Entitlement 2019) 

Our main aim is to enable children to understand the nature of religious beliefs and practices and the importance of these in the lives of believers. We aim to help children learn more about religious tradition and heritage. At the heart of RE in this school is the teaching of Christianity, rooted in the person and work of Jesus Christ that enables learners to acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith. 

We aim for an open and reflective approach to Christianity and other world faiths and an appreciation of what it might mean to be a member of a faith community. We aim to explore values by which to live and those aspects of human experience which raise questions about life. 

We aim to foster respect, empathy, awareness and understanding of self and others in our teaching. Each child’s world view is welcomed and used as a source for learning. We are committed to education for wisdom, hope, community and dignity. 

 Implementation

RE in Early Years is woven into the themes of learning including celebrations such as birthdays, Christmas, Holi, Easter and Harvest. Children are encouraged to continue to develop positive attitudes towards differences between people and to show an interest in the lives of others. 

In Key Stage 1 and 2, RE is timetabled every week and we have developed a 2 year rolling programme that supports our mixed class structure and seeks to ensure breadth, balance, continuity and progression. The broad content of our RE scheme is taken from the Cumbria Agreed Syllabus for RE supported by Understanding Christianity Resource. 

We study Christianity and Islam in KS1 and Christianity, Islam and Buddhism in KS2. Across the school, RE is taught both as an integral part of class topics and as a separate subject. Other religions and worldviews may be taught implicitly or when comparing ideas or as thematic studies. Of the RE taught approximately 70% focusses on Christianity and 30 % focusses on other faiths. Where RE is taught as part of a cross-curricular theme the specific RE content is clearly defined and recorded at all stages. Our RE teaching is person-centred and engages with children’s everyday experience. It presents opportunities for children to learn both about and from religion. We teach using a variety of styles and strategies incorporating periods of quiet reflection, art, drama, movement, music, pictures/posters, stories, poems, videos, visits, visitors, food, discussion and interviews. RE is planned so children use all their senses and are prompted to think, question, explore, experience, reflect, feel, wonder, enjoy, and value. 

Children take part in celebrating the festivals of the Christian year. Christmas, Easter and Harvest are covered with each year group in a progressive manner with different emphasis and depth to avoid repetition. Our strong church connection enables pupils to ‘Experience Church’ in a variety of forms with interactive and thoughtful activities linked to RE learning objectives. 

We assess children’s knowledge and awareness of RE by observing their interactions and relationships; by questioning and listening to them and by assessing individual or group presentations and pieces of work. 

Impact

Appropriate to age, at the end of their education in our Church school the expectation is that all pupils are religiously literate and (as a minimum) they are able to: 

-Give a theologically informed and thoughtful account of Christianity as a living and diverse faith; 

-Show an informed and respectful attitude to religions and worldviews in their search for God and meaning; 

-Reflect critically and responsibly on their own spiritual, philosophical and ethical convictions; 

-Engage in meaningful and informed dialogue with those of other faiths and none. 

National Society RE Statement of Entitlement 2016