RE is taught weekly where each half term visits a different Religion. Across 4 years, children will revisit each religion, each unit carrying a different focus. Children will learn about the significance of each religion and how it is incorporated into day to day life, major festivals, food, culture, places of worship, values and teachings, history and are encourage to find similarities between religions, placing an emphasis on values and morality. Lessons allow opportunity for discussion and reflection, with a range of tasks to support learning. These include written tasks, reading and comprehension, sketching, exploring objects/artefacts and expressing thoughts and opinions.
Fundamental Great British Values
At Chapel End Junior Academy we understand clearly our responsibility in preparing children for their next stage of education and for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life, laying the foundations so that they can take their place successfully in modern British society. We promote a respect for and understanding of different faiths, cultures and lifestyles. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each child is central to everything that we do as a school and central to our vision of “Dream Believe Achieve”. This is evidenced through our teaching and learning, our inclusive environment and through the many opportunities provided for our children to understand democracy, law, liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.
- RE is taught throughout the school using the Waltham Forest Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE), which was recently updated in 2016. This scheme of work was collated having active representation from all the major faiths in our diverse and cohesive borough. Where applicable, references to Humanism and other non-faith based philosophies of right and wrong are made, to include the spiritual approach to life of parents and children who do not believe in God. The BBC religious affairs correspondent, Alex Strangwayes-Booth, described the Waltham Forest SACRE as, ‘updated and highly relevant primary syllabus for religious education.’
- RE is taught in a variety of discrete and indiscrete lessons. The SACRE plans each unit of study alongside the national curriculum and selects units for each year group which can be accessed by the age range. Teachers then decide which unit to teach each term based on current topics and relevance to the time of year.
- Teachers base lessons on the planning provided by SACRE to meet the needs of their own classes, taking into account GDS, SEN and EAL provision.
Teachers monitor children’s progress and adjust their teaching accordingly. Assessment of the children’s work is on-going to ensure that understanding is being achieved and that progress is being made. Assessment is largely based through questioning and verbal discussion, as well as recorded work. Feedback and marking of work is guided by the school’s Marking Policy and children are given time to respond to this feedback to progress their learning further.
At Chapel End Junior Academy we believe that all pupils should have the opportunities to share their pupil voice. Pupil voice has shown that when R.E. is taught well, they find it an interesting subject in which they can draw parallels to their own cultures, beliefs and ideas. As well as this, pupil voice has shown that R.E. is a great opportunity for questions and discussion of why.
- Weekly whole school assemblies, led by the Head teacher or SLT member, to inform children of the variety of religious festivals that take place throughout the year.
- Children have the opportunity to share their experience of their faith e.g. EID and Diwali, during whole school assemblies.
- International evening to celebrate Black History Month – large community event where cultural food is shared, activities take place throughout the school, staff, children and parents where clothing that represent their religion and culture.
- Educational visits to places of worship
Targets for 2018-19
- Develop links with local community resources e.g. place of worship, and promote awareness of this resource within
- Audit current resources and distribute accordingly across the school and ask staff to suggest ideas for new
- Ensure each year group visits one religious place of worship a year. This must differ each year so that by the end of year 6, children would have visited 4 different places of worship.