The ethos of our school is based on the Christian values of love, empathy, kindness, forgiveness, honesty and respect. We live this throughout our Golden Rules and school vision. In our school, we aim to provide a safe space for pupils to explore their own religious, spiritual and/or philosophical ways of seeing, living and thinking, believing and belonging of the world around them. In Preshute Primary School, we teach our children that all questions, views, and opinions should treated with sensitivity and respect. We aim for our pupils to gain something of personal value from their study of religious belief and practice of which we intend they apply these religious insights to their own lives, in and beyond the classroom.
Lessons are structured to provide children the opportunities to engage in meaningful and informed dialogue with those of different faiths and worldviews. These can take form through a block of work or as a weekly lesson. The time commitment is equivalent to 36 hours per year in Reception (both teacher-led and child-initiated activities) and 36 hours per year in Key Stage 1. 45 hours per year is allocated to Key Stage 2.
Each year children are introduced to an alternative religion, other than Christianity: Judaism, Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism through the scheme of work, Discovery RE. The units begin with Engagement followed by Investigation, leading into Evaluation and ending with Expression. Within each unit of work, the children will revisit the Key Question of which they are aiming to answer.
Christianity is taught in every year group following the Understanding Christianity Scheme. This focuses upon Christianity under the main themes of Creation, Fall, People of God, Incarnation, Gospel, Salvation and the Kingdom of God. The beginning of each unit, allows the children to make sense of the text, as well as understanding the impact of it, before ending the unit with making connections with their own and others’ lives.
Through the delivery of lessons, children are taught a wide range of skills including enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection.
Children will be encouraged to reflect on their learning at every opportunity. To acquire the impact of the pupil’s understanding and attainment of the unit, an end of unit assessment will take place. Pupils attainment will be recorded on the assessment sheets, included in the scheme of works and will indicate the level achieved in real-time. It is our aim to support the Church of England Vision for Education and ensure our ethos underpins everything we do.