Religious Education

boyshandsBroadway Infants Religious Education Curriculum –
A summary for parents and carers

Broadway Infant School is a community school. All community, foundation and voluntary schools must provide Religious Education for all pupils including pupils at the Foundation stage (“Religious Education has equal standing in relation to National Curriculum subjects” (see DfE Circular 1/94 paragraph 20)

The local SACRE group in partnership with the local authority have issued revised curriculum guidance from September 2014 (Please see the full document for further details).

Every Local Education Authority (LEA) convene a SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education) (s390 Education Act 1996) to advise the LEA with regard to Religious Education. South Gloucestershire’s Agreed Syllabus is statutory for all Community schools and Foundation schools in South Gloucestershire.

Religious Education at Broadway Infant School aims to enable pupils to:

  • understand the nature of religion and what it would mean to take a religion seriously
  • develop a knowledge and understanding of various religious and non-religious interpretations of life
  • To explore the spiritual dimension of experience.

In order for pupils to understand ‘what it would mean to take a religion seriously, they need to develop an empathetic appreciation of how a practising member of a religion lives out their faith in everyday life. Religious Education at Broadway does not seek:

  • To persuade pupils to adopt a religious viewpoint
  • To impose a particular interpretation, Christian or otherwise.

We teach children about a variety of religions through their studies. In addition, whenever possible, we supportively promote the recognition and celebration of religious festivals that are significant to members of our school community.

The Right of Withdrawal from Religious Education:

  • If the parent/carer of a pupil asks that she/he be wholly or partly excused from Religious Education, the pupil shall be excused (see SSFA s71).
  • Under certain circumstances, a pupil may be withdrawn from the school premises to receive Religious Education, (see SSFA s71 (3) (c)).
  • Under certain circumstances, a pupil at a Community, foundation or voluntary Secondary school may receive alternative Religious Education on the school premises, if the parent/carer requests this (see DfE Circular 1/94 paragraph 44 [3]).
  • Teachers retain the right not to participate in or to conduct Religious Education (see DfE Circular 1/94 paragraph 141).

The South Gloucestershire SACRE has produced guidance to help schools deal with any requests by parents to withdraw their child from RE lessons. This is available from the Clerk to SACRE (see page 5 for SACRE contact details). The school will use this guidance as support should this situation arise.

Religious Education (RE) Curriculum 2016-2021 Broadway Infant School:

RE IN THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE (Reception Classes)

The Early Years Foundation Stage is statutory. It sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to 5. Religious Education is statutory for all children as part of the EYFS curriculum. The following information is used to aid planning for EYFS. The curriculum is based on four key principles which are supported by 4 themes: These principles and themes should underpin all provision for children in the EYFS stage. These principles are:

  1. Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.
  1. Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and or key person.
  1. The environment plays a key role in extending children’s development and learning.
  1. Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected.

Key Themes

  1. A unique child. Religious Education can support this by:
  • developing a sense of identity and belonging
  • Providing opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.
  • Encouraging children to use their imagination and inquisitiveness to develop their appreciation and wonder of the world.
  1. Positive relationships. Religious Education can support this by:
  • Developing respect and sensitivity to others, particularly those who have different faiths and beliefs.
  1. Enabling environments. The Environment should nurture and extend children’s emotional and spiritual well-being through:
  • positive attitudes to differences
  • resources that combat prejudice and provide an encounter with the unfamiliar
  • an encounter with different places of worship
  • opportunities to explore books and visual displays of special times and festivals
  • interaction with and through objects or sacred artefacts and special people in relation to religion
  • A place to encourage quiet times for reflection.
  1. Learning and development. Religious Education can support children in their development of:
  • their understanding of right and wrong
  • awareness of beliefs about God in both the Christian and other faiths
  • An awareness of the different practices, traditions and celebrations of religions. E.g. prayer.
  • A religious vocabulary.

Foundation Stage Children will enage with the RE curriculum through the following questions:

Foundation Stage: Discovering the world

Believing

F1 Which stories are special and why? F2 Which people are special and why?

Expressing

F3 Which places are special and why? F4 Which times are special and why?

Living

F5 Where do we belong? F6 What is special about our world and why?

 

RE IN KEY STAGE 1 (Year 1 and 2 Classes)

During 2017-18 Key Stage 1 children will be taught R.E. lessons that will  ask and explore the following key questions:

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 1 1.8 How should we care for others and the world, and why does it matter?

Living

1.6 How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times? – Christmas

Expressing

1.1 Who is a Christian and what do they believe?

Believing

1.1 Who is a Christian and what do they believe?

Believing

1.6 How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times?-Easter

Expressing

1.4 How can we learn from sacred books? – the Bible

Believing

1.5 What makes some places sacred?- different churches

Expressing

Year 2 1.7 What does it mean to belong to a faith community?

Living

1.6 How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times? – Christmas, Hannukah

Expressing

1.3 Who is Jewish and what do they believe?

Believing

1.3 Who is Jewish and what do they believe?

Believing

1.6 How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times? (different festival focus)- Pesach

Expressing

1.4 How can we learn from sacred books?

The Torah, The Quran, the Bible

Believing

1.5 What makes some places sacred?- Synagogue, Mosque

Expressing

 

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