We are an Aided Primary Academy and the heart of our school is the teaching of Christianity which informs the character education that we provide; Therefore, Religious education is a highly valued academic subject. We currently follow the Church of England Manchester Diocese syllabus. In addition, ‘Understanding Christianity’ (Church of England Office 2016) resource materials are used to develop the children’s own thinking and to encourage exploration and challenge, through questioning, of the theological concepts and a deeper understanding of Christian literature.
Aims of RE subject
High quality Religious Education will develop:
- Knowledge and understanding of Christianity and encourage dignity, respect and value for all through studies of other world faiths.
- An understanding of what it means to be committed to a religious tradition and to appreciate the cultural differences;
- An awareness of spiritual and moral issues in life experiences;
- Awareness of the fundamental questions of life, raised by human experiences, and how religious teaching relates to them;
- To provide understanding of how religion and beliefs affect our lives;
- Encourages children to challenge, discuss and question religion and their understating of their faith;
- Allows exploration of theological concepts;
- Exposes children to religious literature;
- Provides opportunities to explore religious philosophy to encourage wonder and reasoning.
Teaching and Learning
Religious Education will be taught and learned as a discreet, timetabled subject. However, it is not an isolated area but must be seen in the context of the whole curriculum. The Manchester Diocesan syllabus provides a continuous and progressive outline for the development of Religious Education through the school from Reception to Year 6. Furthermore, the introduction of the ‘Understanding Christianity’ resource has strengthened teacher knowledge and the role of religious theology and philosophy to deepen teachers and children’s knowledge and understanding. Within this framework, the teaching of Religious Education is supported by topic themes specified for each year group and ensures effective coverage of all areas and concepts.
As a Christian school, Christianity forms the main body of study within the RE curriculum; however, we believe that it is important for all children to learn about a range of different faiths in line with our school and British values. To this effect, children will learn about other world faiths discreetly, through opportunities within the wider curriculum, festivals, assemblies, visitors and Special R.E days.
The Spiritual and Moral development of a child is difficult to assess but the written/theoretical side of RE is more straightforward. The class teacher will use assessment strategies before and throughout the topic to ascertain the children’s learning and modify future sessions to ensure progress is made by all. In addition, at the end of a topic the teacher will also note any children who have either exceeded or fallen short of both the AT1 and AT2 attainment expectations – learning about, and learning from religion.
Visits to places of worship are encouraged, including those of different faiths so that the children can gain a greater understanding of faith and culture. Speakers are also welcomed into our school as a further source of information appropriate to the development of the RE curriculum.
Through teaching and learning, we want our children to have the wisdom, knowledge and skills to live their lives in fullness. It is our hope that our children will become leaders and advocates in school and in their community with the deep belief that each person is created in the image of God.
We live in a multi-cultural, multi-racial society and encourage the respect and understanding of other religions and cultures within the community in which we live to promote dignity and the value of all. We intend to follow Jesus’ example to love and serve one another so that all may be included, regardless of race & culture. We believe that all children irrespective of race, ability and gender should have equal access to the RE curriculum. Children with special educational needs will work on the same content but there will be appropriate differentiation where required.
Inspection of Religious Education
As an aided church school RE is not inspected in the usual way by Ofsted but is instead subjected to a separate SIAMS inspection. Information on our latest Section 48 inspection can be found on the National Society website.
Right to withdrawal
The recent Education Acts establish the parent’s right to withdraw their children from Religious Education if they wish. However, by the fact that the parents have opted to send their children to a church school it is hoped that this will not be necessary.