RE and Reflection
RE teaching follows our schools bespoke planning whihc combines the Local Agreed Syllabus with Understanding Christianity.
The aims of RE in school are to:
- enable the pupils explore their own beliefs
- enable the pupils to build their sense of identity and belief
- To teach the pupils to respect each other
- To prompt the pupils to consider their responsibilities
- To provide the opportunity to explore the school's chosen Christian values
RE has two main strands
1. Learning about religion
2. learning from religion
Children have weekly RE lessons as well as ongoing investigations or challenges to deepen their understanding In addition we also have whole school RE days and weeks during the school year. These include Harvest, Divali, Easter, Pentecost, Weddings (contrasting a Hindu wedding with a Christian one) and Reflection week.
In Foundation Stage, evidence of a child’s understanding in this area of learning is recorded as an observation on an ipad. The teacher uses the information to make judgements as to whether s/he child is making expected progress in the area entitled ‘People and Communities’. The teacher records a child’s level of development on the EExAT tracking system. In the summer term the teacher decides whether or not s/he has achieved the ELG for ‘People and Communities’.
In Years 1 and 2 the key assessment objectives are identified in each unit of work. The teacher makes judgements about a child’s level of attainment through observations, discussion and ‘work’ produced. The class teacher records observations on short term plans. At the end of a unit of work the teacher makes a judgement on each child’s level of development for AT1 and AT2 (refer to appendix 1). The RE results are recorded on the Depth of learning – Pupil Progress Tracker. The RE Co-ordinator is responsible for analysing the data, sharing results and producing an action plan for the following year.
Foundation Stage and Year 1 classes keep evidence of RE work in the form of a whole class big book. Year 2 children put their RE work in individual RE books to show progression throughout the year.
All classes have reflection areas and the children to consider the key value of the term and reflect on how they can live it out. This may be through questions, pictures, stories, quietness.
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Christianity as a Worldwide Faith
Through our strong links with our local Parish Church and churches in Driffield, as well as our work for charities both in this country and abroad, our children are developing their understanding as Christianity as a worldwide faith.
Studying other Religions
Christianity is the main religion studied in our school, however we also study Hinduism and devote a week each year to the main Hindu celebration of Diwali. We compare and contrast Hinduism with Christianity and focus particularly on the comparison of God with Brahman and his different forms.