RE Intent Statement
As a school, we believe R.E. enriches each child’s personal development by helping them to explore and express their own sense of identity and belonging. It equips them with the knowledge and skills to engage in today’s world with curiosity, open-mindedness and tolerance.
We follow the Gloucestershire Agreed syllabus which aims “to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.” The teaching and learning approach has three core elements which are woven toether: pupils learn to ‘make sense’ of the religions and beliefs studied, ‘understand the impact’ of these beliefs in people’s lives, and to ‘make connections’ in their learning and their wider experience of the world. In line with this syllabus, we ensure the children have a good knowledge and understanding of Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism, as well as covering non-religious world views.
We recognise that each religion and world view studied can contribute to the education of all our pupils. Difference is celebrated as a positive, an opportunity to learn and reflect. Our R.E. provision enables our children to learn actively, reflect thoughtfully and raise their own questions. It provides exciting opportunities to forge links with home while reaching beyond school to local, national and global communities.
We want the children in our school to be able to express and explain their opinions and beliefs with clarity and to listen to the views of others with curiosity and respect. questions. Everyone is encouraged to share their questions, ideas and experiences freely.
We strive to bring the subject to life through quality teaching and resources. This includes the pupils themselves who are encouraged to share their beliefs and experiences within their class and with others in the school. Visitors from faith communities are invited into school and visits to places of worship further enrich the curriculum. We have links with the Christian community in Tewkesbury with visits to the Abbey and other local churches and an “open the book” team The Religious Education curriculum is carefully planned out to ensure progression across the year groups alongside the opportunity to build on prior knowledge and skills. We emphasise the key religious vocabulary needed to engage in discussions within Religious Education lessons. We ensure our lessons provide high quality learning and outcomes so all children can achieve their potential within RE., the Jewish community in Cheltenham and the Hindu community in Gloucester through a visit to the mandir. The use of artefacts, including sacred texts, is used in lessons to stimulate interest and underpin teaching. Each year the local churches organise “Soul Space” where they transform an area in our school into a safe place to reflect and ask challenging questions.
RE reaches out far and wide into our wider curriculum with key links to history, geography, music and art and design. It has a crucial role in encouraging SMSC development and promotes British vales by encouraging tolerance within our school community and out into the wider world. It holds hands closely with our Talk 4 Writing and Talk for Reading as it celebrates storytelling and provides opportunities to explore the language and meaning of sacred texts. Children are encouraged to articulate their ideas effectively and with clarity, both orally and in writing.
The Religious Education curriculum is carefully planned out to ensure progression across the year groups alongside the opportunity to build on prior knowledge and skills. We emphasise the key religious vocabulary needed to engage in discussions within Religious Education lessons. We ensure our lessons provide high quality learning and outcomes so all children can achieve their potential within RE.
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