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 “We live in a multi-cultural society and a good understanding of different cultures is crucial to young people’s personal development”. Our RE curriculum seeks to, “engage pupils with the challenges of the many spiritual, moral, social and cultural questions that modern life throws at them and create opportunities for them to develop their own beliefsCheshire East SACRE

The Importance of Religious Education

Religious Education contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of life and death and issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

In RE they learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.

Every pupil has a statutory entitlement to Religious Education as it makes a distinctive contribution to a broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils should be given the opportunity to explore the role and significance of religion in society and the important beliefs and values that shape the world today. Religious Education helps pupils understand the religious experience of others and the ways in which it gives adherents a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives. It also promotes aspects of a child's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development.

( NB It is not the intention of Religious Education to promote the beliefs of any one religion/religious denomination or worldview.)

How is Religious Education taught?

Religious Education is taught discretely across the school although it may impact on other curriculum areas. It is taught using the agreed Cheshire East syllabus, however, this syllabus will be updated/reviewed in the next 12 months. Each unit of work is enquiry based and is led by a question which directs the area of learning.  

At Daven Primary School, we follow the Cheshire Agreed Syllabus for RE across the whole school.

In Key Stage 1 we learn about Christianity and Judaism.

In Key Stage 2 we learn about Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism.

Our long-term plan maps the religious education topics in each term over each Key Stage. (see the document attached in the Subject Documents section below).

We have a variety of resources which help us to teach these units of work and we have enjoyed educational visits to local churches including Cross street Church and St Peters Church. We have welcomed visitors into school to talk to us about their faith and beliefs e.g. Pastor Calvert from Cross Street Church, Beth Cosgrove from New Life Church and the Bible Explorers team.  

The RE curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

A. Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
describe, explain, evaluate and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals;
identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews;
· appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
B. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities;
express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues;
appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion or a worldview.
C. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and
worldviews, so that they can:
find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively;
enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all;
articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.
(Adapted from ‘A review of Religious Education in England’ Pages 12-14
Religious Education Council 2013)

Assessment

RE is assessed at the end of each unit (half-term) using a variety of activities e.g. sequencing of pictures, a quiz, creating a poster. Assessment is undertaken using the End of Key Stage Statements (attached in the Subject Documents section below). These statements are now supported by the end of unit Assessment Statements (Cheshire East) which provide more details of what a child's learning would look like above, below and at the expected level of learning (attached in the Subject Documents section below). 

 

Easter

It will soon be 'Easter' and in school we will be considering how and why Easter is celebrated. Enjoy the 'Easter Poem' produced by the Bible Society telling the Easter story through the eyes of Peter - a close friend of Jesus.

 

Useful Links:

RE - BBC Bitesize

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zmyb4wx

RE:quest

https://request.org.uk/

What is Christianity?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02mwvwt

What is Judaism?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02mx8x7

What is Hinduism?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02n5wvr

What is Islam?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02mwkxn

 

 

 

 

 

Subject Documents Date  
RE End of Key Stage Statements 18th Feb 2021 Download
EYFS End of Key Stage Unit Assessments 18th Feb 2021 Download
End of Key Stage unit assessments Y2 18th Feb 2021 Download
End of KSS unit assessments Y4 18th Feb 2021 Download
End of KSS unit assessments Y6 18th Feb 2021 Download
RE Long Term Plan 18th Feb 2021 Download