RE gives children the chance to learn about a range of faiths and beliefs. It builds cultural cohesion and tolerance, and gives context to so much of the world and its history. It gives children the chance to express their opinion in a respectful manner and connect with their own moral and spiritual selves. In addition to our formal RE curriculum, we teach children about celebrations, religious festivals and beliefs during assemblies, too.
RE is taught discretely throughout Key Stages One and Two, and as part of a topic-based approach in EYFS. Children in Key Stages One and Two are taught RE on a rolling cycle with another subject (i.e. They will study RE weekly for half of the year). We follow the updated Leeds Agreed Syllabus for RE which states that RE teaching should average out to an hour a week. To meet this need, we also add in two RE days to our annual timetable, in which our usual timetables are collapsed, where classes focus on a thematic RE unit.
Throughout the year, we focus on different religious celebrations and holy days in our assemblies. Each year, we encourage each class to visit a holy building or host a religious representative to discuss their faith.
In Key Stage One, there is no formal recording of RE in books, though children produce written outcomes in most lessons. Instead, collaborative 'floor books' for Years One and Two track the journey of our learning in RE. In Key Stage Two, we have centralised our resources and produced booklets for each unit that teachers use as a starting point for their lessons.
Assessment in RE is completed formatively, lesson to lesson, to reshape planning and teaching. Summative assessments at the end of units take into consideration children’s work over time as well as their final extended piece.
For further information about our RE curriculum, please speak to Mr Lund.