RE

The RE Curriculum

St Michael’s is a Church of England Aided school and as such we recognise the importance of Religious Education. As a school we have taken note of the requirements of the National Curriculum in England framework document (2014/2015) which states that, “All schools are also required to teach religious education at all key stages.” and that, “Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and in society, and
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

In light of this the Governors have established the following Aims for R.E. at St Michael’s:

Children should be taught about Christianity in a way that is open and without pressure so that they are helped to consider and develop their own beliefs, values and attitudes. We respect the faith stances of all our children and families.

Children will be helped to learn about other world faiths, particularly those that are present in our school. Through this we will aim to promote tolerance and sensitivity.

Children will be taught about Christianity and other faiths in a way which helps them to understand what it means to hold a religious way of life.

Through R.E. children will be helped to develop a reflective approach to life in the context of understanding, experience, belief and religious practices.

Our syllabus:

We have largely adopted the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education’s RE scheme of work although we have also drawn directly on the Oxfordshire Syllabi for additional inspiration. Our approach to teaching R.E.:

The children in our school are taught about Christianity and aspects of Islam, Judaism and Hinduism. This reflects the religious make up of the school, as we have many Christian and Muslim children, as well as some Hindu and Jewish children; and means that we are able to teach, and celebrate, the similarities and differences between these Faiths.

Methods in teaching R.E./links with other curriculum areas:

We encourage the children to ask questions, listen and reflect. Our planning is all based around key questions which we explore with the children. We plan activities to make R.E. both interesting and enjoyable, using creative arts as well as other areas of the curriculum. ICT is embedded in the teaching of R.E. through the use of school purchased software, relevant websites and CD ROMs. We often draw on the expertise of members of the community and visit places of religious significance to make learning about, and from, religion a rich and vivid experience.

It was noted in our most recent National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools Report (24.02.12) that, “the effectiveness of the Religious Education is outstanding.” The inspector went on to state that, “RE is given high priority throughout the school and it features in the school improvement plan… All members of staff are enthusiastic about teaching RE – they have good knowledge of the subject and their questioning skills help to develop the children’s thinking. The skills they develop ensure that they make the most of opportunities for spiritual and moral development. The school has identified that reflective and critical thinking is strength of RE lessons. Teaching develops pupils learning beyond factual knowledge and explores the implications of the beliefs of different cultures.”

 

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