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Religious Education (R.E)

Vision 

For all to show respect and understanding of each other’s cultures and beliefs.

 

Introduction

At Mesty Croft Academy, we believe that Religious Education has a significant and valuable role to play in the curriculum/overall ethos of the school. Religious Education is unique in the school curriculum in that it is neither a core subject nor a foundation subject but the 1988 Education Act states that ‘Religious Education has equal standing in relation to core subjects of the National Curriculum in that it is compulsory for all registered pupils’.

At Mesty Croft Academy we use the Discovery RE programme as our scheme of work.

 

Curriculum Organisation and Delivery

Discovery RE meets the requirements of our locally agreed syllabus and is aligned to the non- statutory guidance.

By following Discovery RE at Mesty Croft Academy, we intend that Religious Education will:-

  • adopt an enquiry- based approach as recommended by Ofsted, beginning with the children’s own life experience before moving into learning about and from religion.
  • provoke challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, and issues of right and wrong, commitment and belonging. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development.
  • encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs (religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses.
  • enable pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society.
  • teach pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice.
  • prompt pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.
  • develop a sense of awe, wonder and mystery.
  • nurture children’s own spiritual development.

 

Discovery RE covers all areas of RE for the primary phase, Christianity plus one other religion is taught in each year group.  The grid below shows specific enquiries for each year group.  RE is taught on a weekly basis.  Discovery RE brings together learning about and from religion, questioning and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. Each enquiry starts from the children’s own life experiences using these as a bridge into the investigation of the religion being studied.  Children have opportunity to express their own thoughts and beliefs and empathise with believers of that religion or belief position.

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