Statement of Intent:
Religious education provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about faith, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
At Goldenhill Primary Academy the RE curriculum aims to give the children in our care knowledge and understanding of the principal religions, these are Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism as well as humanist beliefs. RE is taught within a local, national and global context. The integrated topic provision provides further opportunities for the children to learn about other non-religious perspectives such as humanism.
Our academy RE curriculum offers children opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It considers the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
The academy follows the Stoke-on-Trent Agreed Syllabus that builds on the central aspects of:
• Learning about Religion
• Learning from Religion
In Learning about Religion, children learn about different beliefs and teachings, practices and ways of life and how religions express themselves in different ways.
In Learning from Religion children reflect on and consider important questions of identity and belonging (e.g. who and what matters to me?) questions of meaning (e.g. what do people believe about how life began?) and values and commitments (e.g. who and what do I value?)
Aims and objectives
There is no expectation that RE is to be delivered within Foundation Stage 1 but in Foundation Stage 2, there is an expectation of a weekly 50-minute session or short sessions implemented throughout continuous provision. In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, RE is expected to be delivered weekly during a 1 hour session.
Whole Academy Approach to Teaching and Learning of RE
RE is an exciting curriculum subject and we employ a wide range of learning methods in our teaching.
Assessment, Recording and Reporting
RE is assessed at the end of each unit that has been delivered using the scale of emerging, expected and exceeding against the ‘I can’ statements that have been developed using the Stoke-on-Trent Agreed Syllabus. Throughout the unit, staff gather evidence against these statements to enable them to give a judgement at the end.
RE is a statutory part of the curriculum and follows the locally agreed syllabus.