Schools have a statutory responsibility to deliver Religious Education to all pupils, except those withdrawn by parents.
Intent for RE
At Alderman’s Green, we aim to ensure that all pupils know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews so that they can;
- describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices
- identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by key texts and the teachings of key leaders from different traditions and communities
- appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
We also encourage pupils to express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and world views, so that they can;
- explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities;
- express their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings;
- appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion or a world view.
Finally, we work to help children to gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and world views, 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.
The delivery of RE
RE is taught through key questions. Each year group covers a minimum of four key questions during one academic year. Key questions are either systematic where a religion is explored individually e.g. Who is a Muslim and what do they believe? or they are thematic in which different religions are combined within one module focusing on a particular topic e.g What can we learn from sacred books? Each year group covers some thematic and some systematic key questions throughout the year.
Each key question covers one of the following strands to ensure breadth of learning and experience:
Believing Expressing Living
This approach ensures a broad and balanced RE curriculum covering three different disciplines: philosophy, which is taught through the ‘expressing’ units, theology that is taught through the ‘believing’ units and human and social science practices, taught through the ‘living’ units.
Lessons are taught once a week, or sometimes, where appropriate, lessons may be blocked to allow for a special day in school where learning is all based around the key question. We have a wide range of books and artefacts from all 6 key faiths to support learning and encourage staff to use these resources along with a broad range of pedagogies to engage pupils in their learning. Not all lessons will result in a piece of written work, therefore, and lessons may take the form of a debate, drama, art work, exploration of artefacts, group work, etc which is evidenced by the taking of photographs.
Outcomes of RE
Through a broad RE curriculum our pupils gain a depth of understanding and insight into a variety of religions and beliefs and know how this impacts the lives of believers. Our pupils develop confidence to be able to express their own beliefs and act in accordance with their beliefs and yet be interested in, and respectful towards, the beliefs of others. In conjunction with our PHSE lessons and through the exploration of British Values in relation to religions and beliefs we aim to equip pupils to become critical thinkers and grow to become good citizens.