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                                                                       RE at  Rosehill Infants and Nursery School

 

 

 

Our Philosophy

At Rosehill Primary School we encourage and support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all children. Religious Education aims to enable pupils to think clearly, honestly and accurately as well as promoting the understanding of and showing tolerance towards people of different faiths and those who have none.

 

Our aim is to deliver the RE Curriculum in a fun and engaging way that will foster pupils’ own inquisitive nature and to enable (pupils) them to participate in an on-going search for wisdom, in the light of questions raised by human experience and answers offered by the religions and beliefs of the people of Derby City and the wider community, so as to promote their personal development.”  Derby Agreed RE Syllabus.

 

Religious Education is taught throughout the school from the Foundation Stage up to Year 2.  All parts of the Religious Education schemes of work take a multi-faith approach and follows the RE Derby City Agreed Syllabus.

Religious Education has always offered possibilities for encouraging sensitivity to a variety of beliefs and practices. It also offers, in each religion studied, the opportunity for learning what the various faiths have to teach about acceptance and tolerance. Studying what different religions have to say about moral values and respect for individuals will help pupils work out their own system of beliefs and moral codes and show respect for the different religious traditions of pupils in school.

 

Religious Education teaches children about the British Values of mutual respect and tolerance towards those who have different faiths and beliefs.

Our Aims

  • To promote interest and enthusiasm for the subject by providing a stimulating, balanced and relevant curriculum following the Derby City RE Agreed Syllabus.
  • To develop appreciation towards the importance of faith and its effect on attitudes, perceptions and historical evidence. (Age appropriate)
  • To develop spiritual awareness and respect for the opinions of others.
  • To create empathy with others from an understanding of their beliefs/customs/cultures.
  • To assist pupils in the process of developing their own beliefs, attitudes, moral values etc by encouraging personal search, discovery and evaluation.

By teaching Religious Education within the school we are ensuring the following:

  • Reinforcing a positive self-attitude and appreciation of personal, family and cultural values.
  • Encouraging a willingness to share ideas with others and to respect their contributions.
  • Fostering an appreciation of the wonder of nature and a caring and valuing attitude towards all living things.
  • Beginning to develop spiritual awareness.
  • Encouraging a positive attitude towards the beliefs and customs of others by exploring cultural and religious differences.
  • Exploring artefacts and other stories appropriate to the age of the children, which reflect positive attitudes and personal qualities.
  • Encouraging an understanding of prayer and worship.
  • Providing an adequate and suitable range of resources to meet the needs of the R.E. syllabus and to design themes and topics which meet the requirements of the Derby City Agreed Syllabus.

 

Equal Opportunities

 

All children, including those with special educational needs, as defined under the 1981 Education Act, are entitled to a broad and balanced Religious Education Curriculum. It is recognized that R.E. is an essential element of each child’s education, contributing to their social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.

 

Right of Withdrawal

 

Parents are legally entitled to withdraw their child from Religious Education where it is taught as a separate subject. Parents wishing to exercise this right are asked to contact the Headteacher, to discuss any concerns or anxieties they may have about the policy, provisions and practice of Religious Education.

Guidelines for teachers

 

 

The purpose behind teaching R.E. is to allow children to learn about religious traditions and to reflect on what the religious ideas and concepts mean to them. The method we implement should enable children to extend their own sense of values, and promote their spiritual growth and development. Encouraging children to think about their own views and values in relation to the themes and topics studied in the R.E. curriculum is paramount.

 

The main teaching and learning styles in R.E. should enable children to build on their own experiences and to extend their knowledge and understanding of religious traditions.

  • Contribute to the development of pupils’ sense of identity through knowledge and understanding of the spiritual, moral social and cultural heritages of Britain’s diverse society and of the local, national and global dimensions of their lives;
  • Encourage pupils to appreciate human aspirations;
  • Prompt a personal response to a range of experiences and ideas;
  • Develop principles for distinguishing between right and wrong;
  • Develop pupils’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their own and different beliefs and cultures, and how these influence individuals and societies;
  • Pass on enduring values, develop pupils’ integrity and autonomy and help them to be responsible and caring citizens capable of contributing to the development of a just society.

 

We aim to further develop our teaching of RE by carrying out the following:

 

  • Using topic based work make cross curricular links.
  • Visits to places of worships, museums and art galleries.
  • Visitors from faith communities sharing their experiences in school
  • Stories and storytellers
  • Drama, poetry, music, dance and arts.
  • First hand experiences of dress and special clothes
  • The celebration of festivals and tasting special foods
  • Handling artefacts
  • The exploration of the beauty, mystery and wonder of the natural world.
  • Reflecting on human experience
     
     
    Inclusion
     

All classes have children of widely differing abilities and by providing suitable learning opportunities for all children we can match and challenge the task to the ability of the child. This can be achieved in a variety of ways by, for example,

 

  • Setting tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
  • Setting tasks that stimulate building new connections in the children’s repertoires and retrieve information needed to answer questions or think critically.
  • Teaching them how to gain and deploy the skills for learning from religions and other world views.

 

 

Assessment for learning

 

Children demonstrate their ability in R.E. through a variety of different ways. Younger children might, for example, act out a famous story, whilst older pupils might take part in hot-seating and other drama based activities. Children are encouraged to make judgments about how they might improve their work in the future. 

 

Monitoring and review:

 

The R.E. coordinator is responsible for supporting colleagues in their teaching, for being informed about current developments in the subject, for providing a strategic lead and direction for R.E. in the school and for carrying out the task of reviewing samples of children’s work. 

 

The Learning Cycle in RE

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

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