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’ Our curriculum is structured to meet the requirements set out in the document ‘Religious Education in Church of England Schools, A Statement of Entitlement 2019’.
Our religious education is built on the foundations of the teachings of Christianity and to understand and respect other beliefs and major world faiths. Our RE education helps children to respect and encourage us all to live well together. This is underpinned with Bible teachings, Christian beliefs and values. We strive to ensure that every child to flourish and to live “life in all its fullness”. (John 10:10).
Our curriculum supports children to begin to think about their own spirituality and deeper thinking by questioning what they have been told investigating and connecting ideas. Each class has a ‘Big Question book’ to document their thoughts, views and ideas.
As a Church school we deliver our RE curriculum in accordance with the Locally Agreed Syllabus, Guidelines for Education and The Diocese of Guildford. We follow the scheme of work based on the The Diocese of Guildford’s units of work. The scheme has clear progression from Reception to Year 2.
RE lessons are taught on a weekly basis but there are many opportunities to apply many of the concepts, ideas in other areas of the curriculum. We challenge the children to think about what is being taught and to question and comment both in their lessons and in the collective worship.
Collective worship are an informative and enjoyable part of the school day. They offer time to learn, consolidate, question and reflect on what has been said. Our local Rector will carry out fortnightly collect worships sessions and The Open the Book team will present a Bible story to the children each week.
Assessments are carried out after each unit by the class teacher. Class teachers are able to evaluate the assessments to monitor progress, identify needs and plan for subsequent lessons. These are collated by the RE subject leader to monitor across the school. The RE leader will carry out drop in and lesson observations and book monitoring throughout the year to ensure progress is being made in line with expectations. Each year the school will carry out RE moderation with other local schools.