INTENT

The role of RE here at Bramshall Meadows is to help prepare and equip all pupils for life and citizenship in today’s diverse and plural Britain, through fostering in each pupil an increasing awareness of, and sensitivity within, the diversity of religious and non-religious beliefs, practices, spiritual insights and world views they will encounter.

Religious Education plays a vital part in the spiritual, moral, social and cultural climate within our school.

Religious Education throughout our MAT, intends to provide children with understanding about beliefs that are represented broadly in the UK but not specifically in the local community as a way of preparing children for life in multi-cultural Britain.

 

IMPLEMENTATION

We will teach RE through the three main threshold concepts of the Staffordshire Agreed Syllabus, which are – Exploring, Engaging and Reflecting.

 

Exploring

They explore religious beliefs, teachings and practices, acquiring knowledge and understanding of religious stories, sacred texts, lifestyles, rituals and symbolism that offer insight into religious experience and living within a faith community.

 

Engaging

They engage with fundamental questions, appreciating the human and religious questions that are raised by life and its experiences, and through which meaning, significance and value are forged, and by expressing and evaluating their personal responses to such questions. Our pupils gain skills to be able to relate the things studied and discussed, to their own experiences.

 

Reflecting

They reflect on the reality of religious diversity and on the issues raised by living in a diverse world. They develop skills of analysis and discernment in relation to prejudice, discrimination and bias, together with skills of self-awareness, moral judgement and responsible choice.

In our Early Years Foundation Stage our pupils have the opportunity to encounter the diversity of faiths represented in their own community and in Great Britain. Giving our young pupils the familiarity with the presence of major faiths and a wide religious vocabulary raises awareness of the diverse nature of the world around us and provides a structure in which to develop their learning.

In Key Stage 1 our main focus religion is Christianity and Islam.  However, we also learn about examples of beliefs and practices from other faiths and world views if they better illustrate the dimension being explored.

In Key stage 2, our focus is to study on Christianity and Islam and Hinduism, also again learning about examples of beliefs and practices from other faiths and non-religious world views if they better illustrate the dimension being explored.

RE will be taught through dedicated RE time and carefully sequenced plans, based on the agreed syllabus programmes of study and dimensions. Our sequence of learning has been discussed and agreed with our middle schools.

Also within our RE lessons, we teach our pupils about the values and moral beliefs that underpin individual choices of behaviour. We also promote the values and attitudes required for citizenship in a democracy by teaching respect for others and the need for personal responsibility, which links to our teachings of the Fundamental British Values. In general, by promoting tolerance and understanding of other people, we enable children to appreciate what it means to be positive members of our pluralistic society.

 

Impact

By the time our pupils leave Bramshall Meadows we hope they will be enthusiastic about religious education and will have achieved the intended outcomes of the agreed syllabus and have:

 

An increasing core of insightful knowledge concerning religion(s), beliefs and world views, both in Britain and in more global terms. (EXPLORE)

A developing capacity to engage with ultimate questions alongside the consideration of the responses from religious and non-religious groups and world views and to formulate their own sense of identity and values. (ENGAGE)

A growing range of the social, spiritual, and emotional skills and dispositions appropriate to living well in a religiously plural and open society. (REFLECT)

Our children will be assessed against the agreed syllabus age related expectations.

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