As a Church of England School, RE is regarded as a core subject and the units help to develop the children's understanding of the different religions around the world and engage the children in creative and exciting activities. We want the children to gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews appreciating diversity and the change within the religions and worldviews being studied. The syllabus is built around asking questions, making connections and reflecting upon different issues. The four key attitudes for RE from the Suffolk Syllabus: respect for all, open-mindedness, appreciation and wonder and self-awareness are included in our RE teaching and learning.
RE is taught weekly throughout the school with reference to the Suffolk County Council agreed syllabus 2012 and through 'The Emmanuel Project' provided by the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich which supports our delivery of the major world faiths. As a Church of England school we follow the recommendation that greater emphasis is placed on Christianity. We also enrich our curriculum by celebrating Easter, Pentecost, Harvest and Christmas with a service in local church. In Reception, the children learn about Christianity. In Key Stage 1 the children continue to study Christianity but are also introduced to Judaism and Islam as well. In Key Stage 2 lessons focus on Christianity, however pupils also develop their understanding of other beliefs including Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Humanism. This gives the children an opportunity to ask questions and make comparisons about different religions. The units in the Emmanuel Project are centred around main questions, which are referred back to and the children get the chance to answer other questions along the way.
RE is monitored in a variety of ways, through discussions with RE Ambassadors, book looks, learning walks, lesson observations, cold and hot tasks, quick quizzes and pupils voice. All of the learning in the school is evidenced on the RE working walls in each class and in the RE class journals which are available for the children access at any time. Our class journals show a range of pupils ideas and opinions, debates, pictures, art work, drawings, questions, examples of roleplay, work samples from all children and a cold task at the start of the unit and a hot task at end to demonstrate the knowledge they have acquired.
Progress should be clearly evidenced as through the cold task at the start of the class journal and the hot task at the end. The cold task involves the class being given the enquiry question for that unit and being asked to share what they already know about that faith and ideas about what they think the unit will be about. When all sections of the unit have been taught the children will complete a hot task as a class to answer the enquiry question and explain the learning that has taken place throughout the unit. Formative assessment is carried out in each lesson in the the form of a tick sheet and this then collated at the end of the unit to provide summative assessment.
RE Ambassadors meet at least once every term with the RE lead and RE Governor/Local Reverend to discuss their learning in RE and share their thoughts and opinions.
In addition to class teaching of RE, children also learn about and from religion in whole school RE days and in Collective Worship.
Emmanuel Project Scheme of Work Progression
Early Years and Key Stage One
Key Stage 2
In RE, we have been finding out how Christians show that reconciliation with God and other people is important. We created 'freeze frames' of what we think reconciliation looks like.
We learnt about how Christians show their belief that Jesus is God incarnate. The children imagined what it would be like if Jesus were around today.
They learnt about the different ways that Jesus described Himself through Bible study of the book of John:
- I am the bread of life (John 6 v.35)
- I am the light of the world (John 8 v.12)
- I am the gate (John 10 v.9)
- I am the good shepherd (John 10 v.14)
- I am the resurrection (John 11 v.25)
- I am the way and the truth and the life (John 14 v.6)
- I am the true vine (Jon 15 v.1)
They interviewed Reverend Susan about her beliefs, posing a series of questions.
This year the children have taken part in several Rainbow Pledge days. The Rainbow Pledge days have been really successful and have help to embedded the Rainbow Pledge in school. On the first day the children took part in a range of activities linked to the first three rainbow pledge and on day two the children took part in activities linked to the following four pledges.
As a school the children made poppies in different ways using different materials and we created a wave/shower of poppies in the foyer and some classes in KS2 wrote prayers.
At Christmas the each class made sheep for a display in the local church.
The children took part in activities for Holi which is the Hindu spring festival that celebrates spring, love, and new life and it celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Krishna.
The children designed t - shirts to show painting throwing and they created posters and wrote sentences about what they had learnt.