Our teaching of Religious Education follows the guidance given in the latest Agreed
Syllabus for Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire:-
Using the Agreed Syllabus, will ensure that Religious Education plays a significant role at Wynndale and will enable our pupils to develop their own sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. They will discover more about religion as well as other world views as we assist them to apply their learning to a range of topics. Through an enquiry approach, our pupils are encouraged to express ideas and insights into key questions which face all human beings as we travel through life. They will take part in lessons that promote respect and open-mindedness, and could also receive visitors to school sharing a range of religious viewpoints and undertake their own visits to varied places of worship.
Through these experiences they will gain insights and knowledge to help equip them as responsible citizens, ready to contribute positively to our local, national and wider global community.
The three-fold aims of RE in Nottingham City and the County will ensure that our pupils:
- Know and understand a range of religions and world views which will allow them to recognise the diversity which exists in our local community and wider society.
- Can express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and the impact of religions and world views as they develop their own personal views on a range of issues
- Develop and use skills which will assist them to engage seriously with religions and world views
By following the Agreed Syllabus, RE will also contribute to a whole range of our school priorities. Study of religious and world views will also promote spiritual, cultural, social and moral development, and will support pupils’ understanding of British and Wynndale Values such as acceptance and respect for others who hold different world views.
Religious Education is a unique and important area of the school curriculum. Therefore, its implementation needs to be engaging, relevant and varied in approach.
Experiences and enrichment opportunities at Wynndale:
- handling artefacts
- exploring sacred texts
- using imaginative play or drama to express feelings and ideas
- responding to images, games, stories, art, music and dance
- meeting visitors from local religious communities
- making visits to religious places of worship where possible, and where not, making use of videos and the internet
- taking part in whole school events- (multi-faith days, Harvest Festival, school performances)
- participating in moments of quiet reflection
- participating in assemblies
- using ICT to further explore religion and belief globally
- comparing religions and worldviews through discussion
- debating and communicating religious belief, worldviews and philosophical ideas and answering and asking ultimate questions posed by these
Key Stage Two
During this key stage, pupils are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through deeper enquiry. Pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 consider the impact of beliefs and practices in greater detail and respond to more philosophical questions.
Learning about religion and belief
Pupils should be taught to:
- Explore and comment on the key aspects of religions, believer’s lives, their stories and traditions and their influence
- Explore how practices are related to beliefs and teachings
- Interpret information about religion and religious beliefs through a range of sources
- Recognise similarities and differences within and between religions
- Consider how religious and spiritual ideas are expressed
- Describe and begin to encounter religious and other responses to ultimate questions and ethical or moral issues
- Use a developed religious vocabulary when discussing and expressing their knowledge and understanding
Learning from religion and belief
Pupils should be taught to:
- Reflect on what it means to belong to a faith community and how this relates to them and others’ lives
- Recognise how religious practice is conducted in a variety of ways
- Discuss their own and other’s views of religious truth and belief
- Reflect on morality and how people respond to decisions they are faced with
- Reflect on sources of information and what they find value in in their own and other’s lives
- extend their knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs
- develop a religious vocabulary and interpret religious symbolism in a variety of forms
- reflect on questions of meaning, offering their own thoughtful and informed insights into religious and secular world-views
- explore ultimate questions of beliefs and values in relation to a range of contemporary issues in an ever-changing society
The impact our RE curriculum is also sought directly from the pupils as surveys and questionnaires are used to gather pupils’ voice on this subject and together with summative assessment, action can be taken to further develop the RE across our school
If you would like to know more about the Agreed Syllabus a copy can be made available for you to read in school. Please contact Valerie.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.