At St Paul’s we believe that RE should enable every child to flourish and to live a life in all of its fullness (John 10:10). As a result, our vision and values underpin everything that we teach and learn. In RE as a Church of England School we incorporate what we have learnt and encourage children to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in their day to day livers, interactions, behaviour, thoughts and other subject areas.
We follow the Stoke Agreed Syllabus as well as seeking guidance from our Christian Distinctiveness Advisor from the Diocese.
The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.
Religious Education provides rich opportunities for children and young people to learn about things that matter in the lives of local people and the wider world. This agreed syllabus enables pupils to study beliefs, teachings and ways of living, and is structured so that they can explore a range of responses to questions of identity, meaning, purpose, values and commitments.
Children will explore religious beliefs, teachings and questions. They will encounter a range of sources and look to understand the meaning behind these teachings. As much as possible, they need a clear view of the main beliefs of the religions their Key Stage is studying.
They will explore religious and spiritual forms of expression and discuss questions of diversity and identity. It is important for them to see that religions are expressed in different ways and for the children to begin to understand how individual people choose to demonstrate their faith
Children will explore the religious practises that happen day-to-day and discuss questions about values and commitments. It is important that they know that there are many people of different faiths and the way they live their life is a reflection of their religious beliefs.
The curriculum for RE aims 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, 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.
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.
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.
This agreed syllabus requires that all pupils learn from Christianity in each key stage. In addition, pupils will learn from the principal religions represented in the UK, in line with the law. These are Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism. Furthermore, children from families where non-religious worldviews are held are represented in almost all of our classrooms. These worldviews, including for example Humanism, will also be the focus for study.
St. Paul’s has adopted Christianity as the principle religion for study, for at least 50% of the time.
FS and Key Stage 1 – Christianity, Islam and Judaism
Key Stage 2 – Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism
Educational visits and visitors
Educational visits and visitors can enhance the R.E. curriculum. These visits provide rich opportunities for children and young people to learn about things that matter in the lives of local people and the wider world.
- Our Chair of Governors and local vicar John Alessi comes into school to deliver key worships for the main Christian Festivals. Vicar John also delivers worships linked to key themes i.e. Black History Month – Rosa Parkes.
- Bishop Jeff has visited school and discussed his role in the church, delivered a worship and also visited children in their classrooms to answer questions.
- Each year a group of pupils attended the annual R.E. conference. The aim of the annual conference is for the pupils to learn from one another through shared experience and dialogue. A variety of themes are explored on this day and the children feed back to the rest of the school.
- Classes visit our local church St Paul’s to enhance RE lessons i.e. Vicar John held a wedding and a baptism for children in KS1. Other visits to church are arranged by class teachers.
- Year 6 pupils visit Lichfield Cathedral each year and participate in a worship as well as learning with children from other schools.
Assessment for learning
The learning outcomes in the Stoke on Trent Agreed Syllabus support teachers in assessing whether pupils are on track to meet end of key stage expectations. Assessment requires teachers to know what individual pupils know and can do. The learning outcomes on each key question outline will help teachers to assess this, and to devise appropriate learning activities to enable pupils to secure their understanding and skills.
Opportunities to incorporate RE into other Curriculum Areas
Teachers will use RE topics to decide on appropriate methods of delivery of the agreed syllabus of Religious Education, employing a range of teaching strategies, resources and professional judgement, using the school’s unit planning checklist to ensure children engage in RE topics accessing a variety of different activities across a range of curriculum areas.
EYFS the teaching of RE links to many areas of the EYFS curriculum including:
Communication and Language
Personal Social and Emotional Development
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
KS1 and KS2 the teaching of RE links to;
Art and Design