Religious Education (RE)
Intent, Implementation and Impact
Intent- Why are we teaching this?
At Luxulyan School, our aim is to open children’s eyes so that they appreciate that the country we live in comprises many different religions and cultures. In addition, we aim to bring about an awareness and sense of their Cornish heritage and culture specific to the place in which they live and how this fits in with the wider world.
Our curriculum aims to teach children the key skills they need to be tolerant and understanding of other religions
Our curriculum is based on the ‘Cornwall Agreed Syllabus Religious Education 2020 to 2025.’ Throughout R.E. lessons, the children will spend 60% of their time studying Christianity- (Using RE Today –Understanding Christianity Syllabus) and for the remaining 40% they will learn about Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Judaism. Christianity is taught in every year group and only one of the other four religions is taught alongside it.
We aim to teach RE through a variety of different medium and to engage outside visitors to enhance children’s learning experiences as well as visiting places of cultural and religious interest. We therefore teach RE through literature, music, art, drama, design technology, external visitors and school trips. By using a multifaceted approach, we aim to develop opportunities to enhance spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding and encourage children to respond and reflect on their own understanding and experiences as well as to the teachings and practices of a variety of different religions studied from early years to Year 6.
Implementation- How is this being taught in the classroom?
Religious education is taught at Luxulyan according to the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus Religious Education 2020 to 2025. RE is taught weekly (1.00 hour KS2 45mins KS1 sessions) in half-term blocks, planned by the teacher, using the RE Today – Covering -Understanding Christianity schemes of work and 4 other religions -. Work is recorded in the back of Topic books in each class and is evidenced in each classes’ Big Book’ to demonstrate a variety of outcomes arising from outside visitors and cultural visits.
By the end of Year 6, pupils will have learnt about the beliefs, teachings and practices of the great religious traditions of the world, with a particular focus on Christianity. This will include celebrating Harvest, Easter and Christmas in special assemblies culminating in a KS2 carol Service in our local church and nativity plays in KS1 as well as showing an appreciation for other religious festivals such as Ramadan, Chinese New year and Festival of Passover.
Impact- What is the effect?
Children will make at least good progress from their from their starting point in Early years. This will be measured by summative assessment at the end of each unit.
Chlidren would have been given time to reflect on their own faith, values and responses and to develop the qualities of commitment, fairness, respect, self-understanding, enquiry and openness. These qualities are also explored further during a half-termly focus on a value such as respect, linking with PSHE teaching and in our weekly assemblies.
Children would also have acquired skills to enable them to learn about religion such as investigation, interpretation, reflection, empathy, evaluation, analysis, application, expression and collaboration.
Children demonstrate a positive attitude towards people of any religion and show an understanding of cultural beliefs different to their own. They demonstrate respectful behaviour to all and this is transferable outside of school in the wider community and beyond.
Children learn about important people from the past and the present who have been or are positive role models and who are of a different race or religion.