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Church of Englands Statement of Entitlement

 

 

Vision for RE

 

Together, with the love and joy of God, we will discover, develop & maximise our unique potential.

The Father has loved us so much! He loved us so much that we are called children of God. And we really are his children. – 1 John 3:1 – ICB

 

How does the teaching of Religious Education underpin the Christian vision of the school?

The value of love is at the heart of both the Christian faith and our vision here at NJK. God’s love for all people inspires us to give love in abundance. We value and care for ourselves, others and the world around us as God's creation; demonstrating our values of friendship, compassion, forgiveness and respect. We believe this is of the highest importance when teaching RE to enable pupils to explore their differences with tolerance and mutual respect. RE in this school contributes to the outworking of our vision by ensuring that as a school we create safe learning environments in which the children feel able to express their opinions and view without judgement. As a school we ensure that children and adults feel as though they can talk about Christianity and other world religions in the way that Jesus taught us all to love one another. Our school vision is integral to everything we do at NJK. We want to discover and maximise each child’s unique potential. We aim to deliver a joyful and inspiring curriculum and school experience where every child feels loved, valued and cherished.

Our RE curriculum specifically contributes to our distinctively Christian character and provides children with the opportunity to explore our Christian values.

NJK's RE Curriculum Intent:

Through our Religious Education curriculum we aim to :

  • engage pupils in enquiring into and exploring questions arising from the study of religion and belief, so as to promote their personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

  • provide learners with knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religious traditions and beliefs represented in Great Britain.

  • develop their understanding of the ways in which beliefs influence people in their behaviour, practices and outlook.

  • enable learners to apply the insights of the principal religious traditions to their own search for identity and significance.

  • enable learners to become aware of their own beliefs and values and to have a positive attitude to the search for meaning and purpose in life.

  • encourage learners to develop a positive attitude towards other people who hold religious beliefs different from their own.

 

 

NJK's RE Curriculum Implementation:

Statement of Entitlement

RE at NJK fulfils the Church of England’s statement of entitlement.

‘Religious education in a Church school should enable every child to flourish and to live life in all its fullness. (John 10:10). It will help educate for dignity and respect encouraging all to live well together.’ February 2019

Legal Requirements

RE is provided to all pupils at NJK as a necessary part of a ‘broad and balanced curriculum’.

At NJK RE is planned, taught and assessed using both the Worcestershire locally agreed syllabus 2020 and The Understanding Christianity Resource.

The RE curriculum at NJK reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teaching & practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.

RE at NJK is open, broad and gives children the opportunities to explore a range of religious and non-religious world views. However, parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE on the grounds they wish to provide their own religious education.

 

RE coverage at NJK

4 -5s

Reception

Children will encounter Christianity and other faiths, as part of their growing sense of self, their own community and their place within it.

Opportunities to explore other religions and non-religious world views will be explored when appropriate.

5 – 7s

Key Stage 1

Christians , Muslims & Jews

7 -11s

Key Stage 2

Christians & Muslims, Hindus & Jews

We acknowledge that our intake is broadly mono faith or no faith so to ensure our children receive multi faith experience we hold ‘Inter faith week’. People of different faiths are invited into NJK to share their experiences of their faith. Each week holds a theme such as ‘Caring for our world through faith’.

 

Time allocation for RE at NJK

 

4 -5s

Reception

36 hours of RE

NJK curriculum is delivered through specific RE days

and short sessions implemented through continuous provision

5 – 7s

Key Stage 1

At least 36 hours of RE

an hour a week  plus a series of RE days

7 -11s

Key Stage 2

45 hours of RE

an hour a week plus a series of RE days

 

Aim of Religious Education

Principal aim: Worcester Agreed Syllabus 2020

The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.

At NJK the following pupil friendly version is shared with pupils and referred to regularly and the children are familiar with the aim and purpose of RE lessons.

 

The following threefold aim of RE elaborates the principal aim.

The curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:

Make sense of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs, so that they can:

• identify, describe, explain and analyse beliefs and concepts in the context of living religions, using appropriate vocabulary

 • explain how and why these beliefs are understood in diff erent ways, by individuals and within communities

• recognise how and why sources of authority (e.g. texts, teachings, traditions, leaders) are used, expressed and interpreted in different ways, developing skills of interpretation

Understand the impact and significance of religious and non-religious beliefs, so that they can:

• examine and explain how and why people express their beliefs in diverse ways

• recognise and account for ways in which people put their beliefs into action in diverse ways, in their everyday lives, within their communities and in the wider world

• appreciate and appraise the significance of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning

Make conections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts, practices and ideas studied, so that they can:

• evaluate, reflect on and enquire into key concepts and questions studied, responding thoughtfully and creatively, giving good reasons for their responses

 • challenge the ideas studied, and allow the ideas studied to challenge their own thinking, articulating beliefs, values and commitments clearly in response

• discern possible connections between the ideas studied and their own ways of understanding the world, expressing their critical responses and personal reflections with increasing clarity and understanding

Understanding Christianity

We use Understanding Christianity to support pupils in developing their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it. It does this by integrating pupils’ developing understanding of significant theological concepts within Christianity with their own self-understanding and understanding of the world, as part of their wider religious literacy.

The key aims are:

  • To enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living world faith, by exploring core theological concepts
  • To enable pupils to develop knowledge and skills in making sense of biblical texts and understanding their impact in the lives of Christians
  • To develop pupils’ abilities to connect, critically reflect upon, evaluate and apply their learning to their own growing understanding of religion and belief (particularly Christianity), of themselves, the world and human experience.

Teaching & Learning

The RE at NJK is based on an Enquiry approach (Theological) that was suggested after the September 2014 Making a Difference – a review of Religious Education in Church of England Schools Report was published.

Learning in the RE Classroom is developed through RE-Searchers, that enable pupils to develop:

  • theological enquiry &
  • theological thinking

It is called ‘the RE-searchers approach’. It encourages pupils to think about the significance and effectiveness of different methodologies and methods of enquiry in Religious Education. To make these accessible to young children, they have personified some of them as cartoon characters. Individually these characters are called

 

Debate-it-all Derek,

Ask-it-all Ava,

Have-a-go Hugo, and

See-the-story Suzie.

Collectively they’re known as the ‘RE-Searchers’. Each character holds different assumptions about religion(s) and advocates different research methods (e.g. questioning and arguing, interviewing and empathizing, participating and experiencing, and narrating and exploring interpretations). Once acquainted with the characters and their respective characteristics as researchers, our pupils can undertake learning activities associated with each of them in pursuit of different understandings of religion(s).

The RE- searchers approach develops a repertoire of approaches to learning and builds the process of enquiry into the way pupils’ progress.

Planning

Teachers plan from our Long Term Plan. Each unit starts with ‘a big question’ and is taken directly from the Locally Agreed Syllabus. Some units are based on the Understanding Christianity Resource which is used alongside the agreed syllabus. Progression and challenge are embedded within each ’big question’ and unit of work. Where appropriate the ‘RE-searchers’ method is used. Each RE-searcher has unique skills and attributes that help pupils to answer ‘a big question’.

Assessment for RE at NJK

Pupils are assessed at the end of Key Stage against general expectations and outcomes:

End of key stage 1

End of lower key stage 2

End of upper key stage 2

Pupils’ achievements will also be assessed by class teachers after each unit of work / ‘big question’ is taught. The children will be assessed against the learning outcomes from both the Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus and the Understanding Christianity resource. Class teachers record whether children are working below, on track or greater depth on INSIGHT.

 

NJK's RE curriculum Impact:

Religious Education at NJK develops pupils’…

  • knowledge and understanding of, and their ability to respond to, Christianity, other principal world religions, other religious traditions and world views;
  • understanding and respect for different religions, beliefs, values and traditions (including ethical life stances), through exploring issues within and between faiths;
  • understanding of the influence of faith and belief on individuals, societies, communities and cultures;
  • skills of enquiry and response through the use of religious vocabulary, questioning and empathy;
  • skills of reflection, expression, application, analysis and evaluation of beliefs, values and practices, and the communication of personal responses to these.

Religious Education at NJK's encourages pupils to…

  • consider challenging questions of the meaning and purpose of life; beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human;
  • understand the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures;
  • learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring questions of meaning and their own beliefs;
  • learn about religious and ethical teaching, enabling them to make reasoned and informed responses to religious, moral and social issues;
  • develop their sense of identity and belonging, preparing them for life as citizens in a plural, global society;
  • develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own.

Religious Education at NJK's enhances pupils’…

  • awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression;
  • ability to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.

Religious Education at NJK's offers…

  • opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.

What does RE look like at NJK? 

Year 1 Exploring Special Jewish things and predicting what they might be!

RE Holy Communion Day

Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus

Norton Juxta Kempsey CE First School RE Policy

NJK's Big Book of Spirituality

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