Religious Education (RE)
Gawsworth Primary School
Religious Education Policy
Religious Education at Gawsworth Primary School
The intent of Religious Education at Gawsworth Primary School is to give children access to a broad and rich RE curriculum that is designed to ignite the imagination and give our children plenty to think about and reflect upon.
Throughout their time at Gawsworth, the children explore a range of religions and world views. They learn about a variety of world religions, from both in and beyond their local community, and consider how understanding religion can impact upon their personal development and wellbeing. Personal growth and community cohesion are included in order to ensure opportunities for our children to develop positive attitudes and values and to reflect on and relate their learning in RE to their own experiences. The children are also encouraged to understand, identify, investigate and respond to a variety of issues, both locally and globally.
To summarise, the intent of our RE curriculum is to ensure that our children understand the relevance of RE in today’s modern world and how it affects our lives. Our aim is for our children to go on to become well-informed and thoughtful citizens of tomorrow.
Our curriculum is designed to offer a wider range of learning opportunities. We aim to foster a deeper understanding of the origin of different world religions and their key stories and teachings. Throughout both key stages, emphasis on personal growth and community cohesion is evident, allowing for personal development for the children from KS1 through to the end of KS2.
We aim to:
- Develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity as well as other principal religions and world views (focus: Islam and Judaism).
- Focus on concepts as well as content, within the context of enquiry-based learning.
- Explore authentic religious material, e.g. sacred texts.
- Reflect diversity in terms of the changing religious landscape of the UK, so that they are prepared for life in modern Britain.
- Engage and challenge pupils.
- Reflect pupils’ own experiences and provide a safe space for discussion.
- Present religious belief as a real, lived phenomenon – not as something exotic or belonging to the past.
- Have an understanding and awareness of the increasing number of people with non-religious beliefs and identities.
- Provide opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.
- Help to prepare pupils for adult life by enabling them to develop respect and sensitivity for others.
Our RE curriculum will help our children to have a better understanding of the religions that make up the UK landscape and how they can learn from and work alongside each other to create community cohesion.
- All children will be more informed about their position in the world, and the decisions they can make impacting their future.
- All children in school will be able to talk confidently about their wellbeing, moral and cultural development for the society in which they live.
Our RE curriculum will promote inquisitive minds, respect, tolerance and understanding for all those around them including themselves.
The children will produce high quality work, showcasing a deep understanding of the main religions of the world, their community and their future.
- Investigation and enquiry: asking relevant and increasingly deep questions; using a range of sources and evidence, including sacred texts; identifying and talking about key concepts.
- Critical thinking and reflection: analysing information to form a judgement; reflecting on beliefs and practices, ultimate questions and experiences.
- Empathy: considering the thoughts, feelings, experiences, attitudes, beliefs and values of others; seeing the world through the eyes of others.
- Interpretation: interpreting religious language and the meaning of sacred texts; drawing meaning from, for example, artefacts and symbols.
- Analysis: distinguishing between opinion, belief and fact; distinguishing between the features of different religions.
- Evaluation: enquiring into religious issues and drawing conclusions with reference to experience, reason, evidence and dialogue.
At Gawsworth Primary School, our RE curriculum is rooted in the objectives set by the Cheshire East RE Syllabus, but we have adapted it to suit the needs of our children. We have taken the CE objectives and grouped them in order to encourage our children to consider four fundamental ‘key areas of enquiry’:
- God: What do people believe about God?
- Being human: How does faith and belief affect the way people live their lives?
- Community, worship and celebration: How do people express their religion and beliefs?
- Life journey: Rites of passage and How do people mark important events in life?
Evidence will be seen through using the correct vocabulary, explanations and respectful opinions, as well as cross-curricular evidence, for example religious and cultural art work, drama, craft and presentations.
Impact will be seen by all teachers and children enjoying the experience of teaching and learning RE and understanding how it can help them in their future.