At Over Hall we consider religious education to be an important element of our broad and balanced curriculum. Through RE will we:
- Provide children with opportunities to develop a sound knowledge and understanding of world religions.
- Reflect on challenging questions and ideas of how others follow the faiths chosen by igniting interest through the exploration of religious traditions, places of worship and festivals.
- Provide creative, interactive and cross curricular lessons to develop a positive attitude towards diversity and culture, whilst promoting spiritual growth and values.
The locally agreed syllabus is set down locally by a group called SACRE (Standing Advisory Committee for teaching of RE). SACRE sets out the RE curriculum for Community Schools and the emphasis is on Christianity, as the predominant religion in the UK and Europe. Nevertheless, an overarching aim is that children learn about the different beliefs, secular and religious, in their community and the wider world, and to respect the beliefs of others, similar or different to their own.
Breadth & depth – CWAC Agreed Syllabus:
Foundation Stage: The World Around Me
Key stage 1 (Years 1&2): Christianity, Judaism, Islam
Key stage 2 (Years 3&4): Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism
Key stage 2 (Years 5&6): Christianity, Islam, Sikhism
All Key stages will have at least one free choice unit, during 2019-2020 the whole school will participate in the Adrift project.
Collective Worship - We understand worship to be a special act or occasion whose purpose is to show reverence to God. Collective worship involves all members of the school coming together and participating in an assembly. We expect everyone to take an active part in the assembly. While the majority of acts of worship in our school are Christian, we also hold assemblies that reflect other religious traditions that are represented in the school and the wider community.
We hold a weekly act of collective worship in our school. This takes the form of either a whole-school assembly, key-stage assembly or a celebration assembly. We also invite other guest speakers, such as representatives from the local food bank, Christian Aid, NSPCC and community groups such as the local police.
We take the themes of our assemblies from the traditions of the Christian faith and we often reflect the festivals and events of the Christian calendar
Equal opportunities – All children are given sufficient time to access the religious education curriculum.
Planning - The long-term plan is designed to enable children to build upon their knowledge and skills whilst encompassing effective religious educational study. Building awareness and opportunities through the exploration of a variety of world faiths, the plans allow children in our setting to gain a deeper insight and understanding of culturally diverse communities, nationally and globally.
Enrichment Experiences - Although most of the teaching takes place in the classroom, opportunities for enrichment are regularly provided to engage pupils and support them in applying their enquiry skills in real-life settings. Wherever possible, such opportunities also develop and enrich the children’s appreciation and knowledge of their local area.
Such experiences include: Performing at the local church over the Christmas period by taking part in a Carol Concert, Years 5 take part in the Winsford Education Partnership Christmas Cantata in December as well as our key stage one and EYFS Nativity performances. Extra-Curricular and Enrichment activities are regularly offered to promote a sharing of skills, confidence and creativity (SMSC, work within the community). Children are given the opportunity to support local food banks, elderly residential homes and places of worship.
Assessment - Subject Leaders monitor the progress of RE through work scrutiny, learning walks, pupil voice, work displayed etc. Next steps for the subject then become evident.
Through our teaching and learning of religious education, pupils have a positive view of the subject and are able to enthusiastically communicate their knowledge of world religions. Pupils will feel confident in their ability to accept, value and support others and the faiths they chose to follow.
If you require any further information please see the specific year groups curriculum overview, speak with a class teacher or the RE coordinator – Mrs Siwinski.