At Eynesbury C of E Primary School, we value Religious Education as a key part of our curriculum. In our church school, respect is an overarching value and key to all we do at Eynesbury. RE is a good platform for developing this as well as our whole school vision, guiding children in the importance of showing respect to all regardless of their beliefs and traditions. This helps to prepare them to challenge prejudice and promote tolerance in our multi-cultural society. Children are encouraged to explore their own beliefs, sharing their own thoughts and ideas and asking questions in a safe environment where they know they will not be judged.
Pupils will gain religious literacy: the knowledge and understanding of different religions, spiritual insights and secular world views. They will have the opportunity to explore how people from different beliefs approach the answers to ethical questions and reflect on their own ideas on these questions.
In accordance with the Agreed Syllabus we aim to:
- Develop pupils’ skills
- Enable them to ask questions
- Enable pupils to discover information, to approach new material with empathy
- To reflect on their learning; pupils should not only acquire knowledge but also be able to use their knowledge to understand their world, build community, and develop their personal position.’
(Taken from Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education for Cambridgeshire 2018)
Throughout the RE curriculum pupils should be encouraged to explore religions, engage with their knowledge, and reflect on their learning and their lives. (Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education for Cambridgeshire 2018)
RE at Eynesbury CE Primary School is based on the Cambridgeshire Agreed Syllabus. Children are taught in discreet RE lessons, which are sometimes delivered weekly and at other times delivered in a block. Children are taught about Christianity throughout the school, with progression in understanding ensured through use of the Suffolk based Emmanuel scheme, supplemented by Understanding Christianity. Children will revisit key concepts of the main principles of Christianity at different stages of their learning. This can be seen on our long term plan, which also links the units to assessment statements.
In EYFS, the units are based on Christianity, but have links with other faiths. Faiths are introduced in more depth in Years 1 to 6, with all major faiths being covered more than once across school. Humanism is covered in Year 6 as a unit in its own right and referred to in other units. Progression in other world faiths is ensured through using the Suffolk based Emmanuel scheme. Units with similar themes across different faiths enable the children to develop the skills to enquire and investigate similarities and differences between key concepts in different faiths and beliefs. Children are encouraged to question their learning and are able to do this in a safe environment.
RE will be delivered through a range of means such as discussions, videos, studying texts and powerpoint presentations. Children will also respond in a variety of ways including a range of writing tasks, dance, art or drama.
The children cover AT1 and AT2 ensuring that they learn from the religion through exploration of texts and practices, think about how people of that faith apply this to their lives and how they make a difference to the world around them through living out their beliefs. The Suffolk scheme allows this through its enquiry style approach of engage, enquire, explore, evaluate, express.
Through discussion with pupils, it is clear that they have an enjoyment of learning about Christianity and other religions and why people choose to follow or not to follow a religion. They show understanding of and respect for different cultures and beliefs which helps to prepare them for life in a multicultural society.
Our RE long term plan links to the end of year assessment statements. Assessment can be through written pieces, but is also often through discussion and creative responses to learning. Teachers assess each unit according to the Agreed Syllabus statements of attainment. An overall end of year level is given based on this and is reported to parents. End of Key Stage data is also reported to SACRE.