RE at Pucklechurch
Through a positive caring environment, we provide the opportunity for every child to reach their full potential through Aspiring, Believing and Achieving. We believe all children should have the opportunity to let their light shine. We embrace Christian values and ensure all children are ready for their next steps.
At Pucklechurch, RE supports and strengthens the vision, ethos and values which are at the heart of what we aim to do in every aspect of school life. The importance placed on the development of the whole child spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually is reflected in the RE curriculum
"Let your light shine before others that may see your good deeds and glorify your father in Heaven" - Matthew 5.16
Specifically, RE aims to enable pupils of all abilities and stages of development to:
- Develop knowledge and understanding of Christian beliefs and practices so that they understand the importance of the Bible, the role of the church and recognise that for Christians their faith provides a way of interpreting life and its meaning.
- Develop knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of some of the other principal religions in Britain.
- Understand how belief may impact on culture, relationships, values and lifestyle.
- Understand how belief can be expressed in a variety of ways including art, dance, music, ritual celebration and in different cultural settings.
- Develop spiritually, morally, culturally and socially by helping them to reflect upon personal feelings, responses and relationships.
- Explore ways in which religious values and teaching have an impact on actions and decisions for people of faith
- Be supported in their own search for meaning and purpose in life.
- Develop a sense of awe, wonder and mystery.
- Explore concepts of love, forgiveness and sacrifice.
- Develop skills of reflection, empathy, communication, analysis, investigation, interpretation, evaluation and synthesis.
- Develop attitudes of respect, sensitivity, open-mindedness and self-esteem.
- The scheme of work for RE will maintain a balance between the three key elements of knowing about and understanding a range of religious and non-religious world views, expressing ideas and insights about the significance of religious and non-religious world views and gaining skills needed to engage with religious and non-religious world views.
- We follow the South Glostershire Scheme of work and also use Understanding Christianity and map our units out on a 2 year rolling cycle
- We have clear learning outcomes for all units of work, based on the appropriate expectations/levels as set out in the RE syllabus.
- A range of teaching and learning activities will ensure that pupils learn effectively and with interest.
- Pupil progress and attainment in RE will be tracked and recorded 3 times a year and the school will keep an up to date portfolio of evidence to support assessment data
- RE will be taught either as a discrete subject or as part of a cross curricular approach where appropriate for example sometimes we will incorporate RE into our writing
- RE is taught weekly for 1 hour sessions
At Pucklechurch there are no presumptions made as to the religious backgrounds, beliefs and values of the children and the staff. We value the religious background of all members of the school community and hope that this will encourage individuals to share their own experiences with others freely. All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links which are made between home, school, and a faith community. We acknowledge that each religion studied can contribute to the education of all our pupils. We promote teaching in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible for both staff and children.
Religious Education will develop pupils’…
- knowledge and understanding of, and their ability to respond to, Christianity, other principal world religions, other religious traditions and world views;
- understanding and respect for different religions, beliefs, values and traditions (including ethical life stances), through exploring issues within and between faiths;
- understanding of the influence of faith and belief on individuals, societies, communities and cultures;
- skills of enquiry and response through the use of religious vocabulary, questioning and empathy;
- skills of reflection, expression, application, analysis and evaluation of beliefs, values and practices, and the communication of personal responses to these.
Please find our Curriculum Overview here