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Religious Education (RE) Policy

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Foundational text: ’I pray that you……may have the power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ’

Ephesians 3:18

 

COUNTESS ANNE SCHOOL

A Church Of England Academy

 

Living God’s Love:

  • Academic provision that recognises the need for excellence in teaching and learning.
  • Holistic provision that encourages Christian hope; building spirit and soul through faith orientated pastoral care.
  • Inspirational provision through a modern curriculum that celebrates diversity and provides new opportunities.

 

Religious Education Policy       

Objectives:

 

The objective of Religious Education at Countess Anne School, is to enable pupils to be able to engage in an informed discussion about faith.

 

Through helping to create informed individuals, Religious Education supports and strengthens our school values. These values in turn look to create a community characterised by harmonious relationships, where both adults and children can flourish. 

Policy Statement:

Religious Education (RE) is not a National Curriculum subject, but must be taught to all pupils as part of the Basic Curriculum. As RE is not nationally determined, the Local Education Authority provides an Agreed Syllabus for us to follow should we choose to. As a Church of England Academy our RE curriculum is required by law to be determined by the Governors in accordance with the Trust Deed, as an expression of the values and principles on which the school stands i.e. the Anglican faith. Countess Anne School chooses Understanding Christianity as the basis of our planning and delivery of R.E whilst allowing teachers to refer to other resources where necessary, e.g. Espresso and Discovery RE. As a church school, some of our children come from practising Christian families. In addition, there are children who are from religions other than Christianity and some from non-religious backgrounds. RE is concerned with “learning about religions” and “learning from religion” and thinking critically about different faiths and practices and what they mean to worshipers. It is not the practice of this school to preach to or convert the children. The faith background of both the staff and the children’s family is respected at all times. The rights of parents to withdraw their children from the teaching of RE is enshrined in the 1988 Education Reform Act. Any parent who wishes to do this must consult the Headteacher.

 Learning in Religious Education:

Our vision of holistic provision emphasises the value we place on the development of the whole child, spiritually, morally, socially, culturally, and intellectually; this is reflected in the learning of R.E.

 Religious Education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate 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. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses. Religious Education should encourage all participants to reflect on their own beliefs and values and to acknowledge that others hold beliefs different from their own.

 Through the use of Understanding Christianity our teaching and learning approach enables pupils to move from an understanding of the biblical text and how to handle it, to an understanding of what this means for Christians within the universal church and in Christian living, including opportunities for pupils to examine and evaluate connections between these ideas and the wider world.

 Teaching in Religious education:

(Please also see Marking (through assessment for learning) and the school’s approach to assessment as outlined on the school website.)

In line with the requirements, RE is delivered flexibly according to the statutory requirements of the EYFS at Foundation Stage. At Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils, have a dedicated lesson each week of RE (approx. 45mins -1hour) and opportunities for cross-curricular learning are developed wherever possible.

 The R.E curriculum is built upon clear building blocks returning to concepts systematically allowing pupils to build on previous learning and deepen understanding. The building blocks contain clear knowledge steps against which pupils are assessed – please see Assessment – Foundation subjects on the school website.

 Understanding Christianity also promotes the teaching and learning of three elements:

1) Making sense of text, 2) Understanding Impact, 3) Making Connections.

It is expected that pupils when demonstrating a ‘secure’ knowledge will do so through application of the three elements. When demonstrating ‘mastery’ pupils will be expected to express their knowledge through use of Bloom’s higher level thinking skills such as analysis, evaluation and creation.

 

Spiral of concepts covered

Year 1

God

Creation

Incarnation

Year 2

Salvation

Kingdom of God

Gospel

Year 3

God

Creation

Incarnation

Year 4

Salvation

Kingdom of God

Gospel

Year 5

God

Creation

Incarnation

Year 6

Salvation

Kingdom of God

Gospel

 Definitions of concepts covered:

 1) God: Fundamental to Christian belief is the existence of God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 2) Creation: The universe and human life are God’s good creation. Humans are made in the image of God. Humans have a tendency to go their own way rather than keep their place in relation to their Creation. This attitude is called sin, and Genesis 3 gives an account of this rebellion, popularly known as ‘the Fall’. This describes a catastrophic separation between God and humans, between humans and each other and the environment; setting out the root cause for many of humanity’s problems.

 3) Incarnation: The New Testament presents Jesus as the answer: the Messiah and Saviour, who will repair the effects of sin and the Fall and offer a way for humans to be at one with God again. Incarnation means that Jesus is God in the flesh, and that, in Jesus, God came to live among humans.

 4) Salvation: Jesus’ death and resurrection effect the rescue or salvation of humans. He opens the way back to God. Through Jesus, sin is dealt with, forgiveness offered, and the relationship between God and humans is restored.

 5) Kingdom of God: This does not mean that no one sins anymore. The Bible talks in terms of God’s Kingdom’ having begun in human hearts through Jesus. The idea of the ‘Kingdom of God’ reflects God’s ideal for human life in the world – a vision of life lived in the way God intended for human beings. Christians look forward to a time when God’s rule is fulfilled at some future point, in a restored transformed heaven and earth. Meanwhile they seek to live this attractive life as in God’s Kingdom, following Jesus’ example inspired and empowered by God’s Spirit.

 6) Gospel: Jesus’ incarnation is ‘Good News’ for all people. (Gospel means ‘good news’.) His life, teaching and ministry embody what it is like to be one of the people of God, what it means to live in relationship with God. Jesus’ example and teaching emphasise loving one’s neighbour - particularly the weak and vulnerable - as part of loving God.

 

Religious Education and the Whole Curriculum

RE teaching and learning will be the means to access wider cross-curricular themes and dimensions.  There are clearly opportunities to explore multicultural and equal opportunity issues and to consider environmental concerns.  Moral questions will be raised and a sense of citizenship will be promoted through many aspects of the RE curriculum.  The RE curriculum will also complement elements of Personal, Social and Health Education and encourage children to make informed decisions and develop life skills. Links will be maintained with people and communities within the local area.

Equal Opportunities:

All children will be given access to the RE curriculum regardless of gender, ability, sexual identity, ethnic origin and social circumstances and be given opportunities to flourish.

Special Educational Needs

The school will ensure that the children with SEN have full access to the RE curriculum at their own level of achievement.

Curriculum Monitoring and Policy Review

The RE subject leader will work in conjunction with the Phase leaders, SLT and Clergy to support the teaching and learning of RE throughout the school.

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Policy Author: Headteacher

Ownership: Curricular Committee

Last Review: Jan 2020

Next Review: Sept 2022

Ratified By/Date: 20th January 2020