Intent of religious education curriculum
The Hertfordshire syllabus curriculum allows children to discover and gain an insight into religions within the world that we live. We see the teaching of R.E. as vital for children to understand others beliefs and make connections between their own values. It is our role to ensure pupils are being inquisitive by asking questions about the world around them by allowing pupils to gain high quality experiences.
At Roebuck Academy, we teach our children to follow the 3RS and their DREAMS. As a result we aim to deliver a curriculum that:
- Promotes DETERMINATION through challenging and engaging lessons
- Cultivates RESPECT, celebrates diversity, promotes equality and understanding
- Encourages EXCELLENCE
- Is ALTOGETHER: Inclusive to all and embraces our local community: recognising local places of worship and the religions of those in our area
- Inspires MOTIVATION and creativity
- Provides a SAFE environment where children can immerse themselves in their learning
Learning is embedded through the development of knowledge and skills over time. This is implemented by establishing the pupil’s existing religious understanding and building on to this. Each session reviews previous knowledge and learning in order to check the learner's understanding systematically, identifying misconceptions, questions to be answered and providing clear, direct feedback to move individuals on at the appropriate pace. Learners consistently build on their prior knowledge and skills which can be transferred across all other areas of the curriculum and into their later education.
We follow the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education.
In Foundation and KS1, RE is taught through common religious festivals and themes such as light and belonging. This is achieved through:
- Comparing similarities and differences between celebrations
- Discussion about why and how we celebrate
Research into a range of celebrations: Diwali, Christmas, Harvest, Easter and Chinese New Year
Some of our delivery of RE in EYFS is discrete through other subjects, such as PSHE and our Jigsaw scheme of learning, when exploring ‘Being me in my world and celebrating differences.
In KS2 the focus is more on comparing Christianity with another religion.
Year 3 - Christianity and Islam.
Year 4 - Christianity and Hinduism.
Year 5 –Christianity and Judaism
Year 6 - Christianity and Buddhism.
In order to judge our success as a school we will see this in everyday school life in a number of ways:
- Children being positive members of our school community
- Children demonstrating a much deeper cultural understanding through their discussions and relationships with others
- Children showing empathy with their peers.
- Children feel valued as individuals and that their beliefs are valued and celebrated.
- Children feel safe to learn new things and share their beliefs with others in an accepting environment.
- Children leaving school with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.