What do we want for our children in Religious Education and why is it important?
At Ormesby Primary School, we foster a reflective approach to learning through our R.E curriculum. We aim to develop the children’s knowledge of the major world faiths allowing them to learn about and from these religions. Children are encouraged to develop and open and honest approach to learn, an awareness of prejudice and a growing understanding of the need to respect the rights of others. Using the Redcar and Cleveland Agreed Syllabus, we have developed a curriculum, which reflects the community that the children are living in focusing in detail on aspects of Christianity and Asian religions. Through the teaching of R.E, we aspire to develop the spiritual, moral, social, cultural and intellectual nature of every child.
Whole School Overview for Religious Education
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How do we teach Religious Education at Ormesby Primary School?
Teachers are given the flexibility to teach R.E in a way which is purposeful to the children and captures their imagination. We try to give R.E a context by relating it to the children’s own experiences where possible. R.E can be taught regularly each week or may be blocked to allow for in depth learning. Some aspects of R.E are also taught through weekly Key Stage assemblies.
Where possible, we use local resources to deepen understanding and expand the children’s experiences, such as the local church, Mandir and Buddhist temple. We have made links with the local church: members of the local church deliver a KS2 assembly each month, the whole school visits the church at Christmas and classes visit when relevant to their topic. The children are taught about significant festivals celebrated in other religions.
Children in Foundation Stage are taught R.E mainly through the People and Communities element of the Early Years Foundation Curriculum with some aspects of Knowledge and Understanding of the World. Through carefully planned topic-based activities, they will be encouraged to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding which help them make sense of the world. Activities include a mixture of play, discussion and adult directed activities.
Use the links below to find out what the children will be learning in each Year Group.
What is the impact of Religious Education at Ormesby Primary School?
Through high quality teaching and learning, we aim for children to:
- Develop the confidence to be independent and take responsibility for their own learning
- Achieve age-related expectations as set out by the Redcar and Cleveland Agreed Syllabus for R.E
- Acquire a rich vocabulary, which will enable them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
- Have high aspirations to do their very best in school and through to further study
Teachers track children’s progress against the Redcar and Cleveland Agreed Syllabus objectives for R.E. This information helps teachers to plan for future learning and identify children who require support or further challenge.