At South End Junior, we believe that Religious Education plays an important role within the curriculum. It promotes spiritual, moral, cultural and mental development, preparing learners for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life and helping them to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.
We follow the County Agreed Syllabus, “Growing Together”, as determined by the local Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE). Our syllabus reflects that the religious traditions of Great Britain are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. It also make a significant contribution to the implementation of the view that ‘Every Child Matters’ and helps to promote community cohesion.
The Agreed Syllabus aims for pupils to become:
· successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
· confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives, and
· responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society
Throughout the Lower Hub, children are introduced to the main six religions (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Buddhism) and explore their origins, main beliefs, festivals of importance, religious texts and symbols. In Upper Hub, the children use their knowledge from Lower Hub to compare and contrast beliefs in different religions, deepen their understanding of different aspects of religion, and they are also given the opportunity to examine other religious beliefs and attitudes in Humanism. A key focus in Religious Education lessons is vocabulary – children are introduced to new vocabulary in each topic and this is revisited throughout their time at South End Junior School.
Religious education is taught weekly as a discrete subject, and there are many opportunities for further exploration of religion through whole-school learning focus afternoons and assemblies. Through RE lessons, we help children to both learn about and learn from religion and belief. The units of study are based on a ‘big question’ that children answer at the end of the unit, applying their learning from the term, as well as their previous knowledge and learning of religion. Lesson are planned which allow children to be active, thoughtful, reflective and expressive in their handling of questions about beliefs, religion, spirituality and values. We aim to include elements of enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection within our lessons.
We use a varied range of teaching and learning strategies in order to make Religious Education dynamic and challenging for all pupils. These include whole class lessons, pair and group discussions, drama, role-play, ICT, audio-visual stimuli, artwork and use of religious artefacts. Pupils are encouraged to share their own experiences of religion. In addition to this, we aim to work closely with our local community to encourage visits from people of different religions.