RE

Intent

Christ Church (Church of England) Junior School is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School and thus reflects a partnership between Church and the State in providing education for all in which a community life within a Christian atmosphere is encouraged.

 

At Christ Church, Religious Education plays an important role along with all other curriculum areas in promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children.

 

Here at Christ Church we aim that all our children will:​

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  • Explore the Christian faith and its implications in daily life.

  • Gain knowledge of the Bible in its accounts of the life, significance and teaching of Jesus Christ and the early Christian community.

  • Have confidence in their own beliefs, and develop a positive attitude to other people, respecting their right to hold different beliefs from their own.

  • Explore the present day working of the church, locally, nationally and internationally.

  • Develop a personal awareness of their value as an individual, the society of which they are a part and an appreciation of the natural world and their role in its conservation.

  • For the school to promote a happy caring and stimulating environment where right and wrong is clearly understood and is reflected in our everyday conduct.

  • Explore similarities and differences between and within religions.

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The Implementation of the Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education

 

At Christ Church it has been agreed that, having taken into account the requirements and guidelines presented in the Agreed Syllabus, the following religions will be studied:

  • Christianity

  • Hinduism (Year 6)

  • Islam (Year 4)

  • Sikhism (Year 5)

Children are taught Religious Education for at least one session of 60 minutes each week.

 

Strategies for the Teaching of Religious Education

 

  • The content of the Religious Education Curriculum at Christ Church draws upon the Agreed Syllabus and is organised into Six Area Themes.

                                                    

The following are the Area Themes by which learning about religion will be complemented by learning from religion:

 

1.  Creation and the Natural World.

2.  Community and Relationships - Identity.

3.  Worship.

4.  Tradition.

5.  Occasions of Celebrations.

6.  Symbolism.

 

In addition to this, the world religions of Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism will also be taught throughout the Key Stage.

 

  • Modes of working in RE will include class teaching, group work and individual work where deemed appropriate within this structure.

  • Groups are usually of mixed ability.

  • Teacher produced worksheets and printed resources may be used.

  • Discussion is encouraged (class, group and pairs-talking partners).

  • Groups/classes are encouraged to communicate their findings in a variety of ways - some suggestions may include: dance, music, model making, IT, preparation for collective worship, assembly and drama. 

  • Teaching stimuli may include, the use of a story, class visits and follow up, use of artefacts, question planning for visitors, pictures, use of the IWB and associated files, ICT resources, powerpoint presentations, DVDs and internet links.

 

Skills

 

Through the Area Themes it is intended that all children should have experience of a range of skills throughout the Key Stage. These may include the following:

 

  • Investigation/enquiry/exploration from a variety of media into belief, faith, etc.

  • Interpreting religious language and symbols.

  • Expression of their own personal views about religion.

  • Empathy/sensitivity into views and practices of others to enhance understanding and respect.

  • Understanding and application to a child’s own situation and applying his/her own beliefs, attitudes and values.

  • Reflection on beliefs, practices, customs etc.

  • Sharing/collaboration in activities, and participation e.g. in worship.

  • Observation of religious activities.

  • Developing appropriate attitudes e.g. openness and enquiry.

  • Evaluation of self, inner thoughts and feelings and inner awareness of one’s own spirit.

  • Responding to questions and challenges of life.

Impact

 

It is our intention that by the end of KS2, children at Christ Church should be able to use knowledge gained to:

  • Recognise some of the traditions and customs of different faith groups and from this be able to:

  • Recognise that questions they raise about beliefs and life issues may give rise to a variety of answers.

  • Express a personal opinion about religion and life issues.

  • Describe points of similarity and difference between their own and other people’s experiences.