Religious Education - RE
The Religious Education curriculum at Didsbury CE Primary School
Intent – why we teach what we teach
At Didsbury CE we teach a Religious Education (RE) curriculum that provides opportunities for spiritual development and personal reflection. It develops children’s knowledge and understanding of the nature of religion and belief, it provokes challenging questions about meaning and purpose, truth and values, identity and belonging. RE prepares children for citizenship in today’s diverse society. It enables them to develop sensitivity to, and respect for others. The quality RE that we teach helps to break down barriers and build communities. RE offers pupils authentic encounters with living faith communities equipping them with the ability to hold an informed conversation about religious beliefs and practices.
This gives pupils opportunity to investigate, reflect, evaluate and make meaning. In doing so they will discover more about themselves, their relationships with others, their relationship with the world around them and their relationship with God.
We aim to provide our pupils with the opportunities to explore RE to the fullest extent by:
• Providing the highest quality teaching and learning experiences possible
• Seeking the highest professional standards
• Promoting excellence and enjoyment in RE
• Enjoyment of discovery and new learning
Implementation – how we teach what we teach
Didsbury CE operates in accordance with the guidance set out in the RE Statement of Entitlement, (The Church of England Education Office 2016). We use a highly regarded, investigative and challenging scheme of work called Questful RE supported by Understanding Christianity. As a church school, RE is a core subject and consequently we ensure that at least 5% of curriculum time is dedicated to the subject. The curriculum that we follow focusses on Christianity for 70% of the time and other world faiths for 30%. With regard to non-Christian faiths, the school has decided to focus on Islam and Judaism. RE is taught by class teachers in discrete weekly lessons that are engaging, thought provoking and challenging.
Impact – how we measure what we teach
The impact of RE will be seen through our pupils who will be able to give a theologically informed and thoughtful account of Christianity as a living and diverse faith. They will show an informed and respectful attitude to religions and world views in their search for God and meaning as well as engage in meaningful and informed dialogue with those of other faiths and reflect critically and responsibly on their own spiritual, philosophical and ethical convictions.
The children’s learning journey in RE is assessed each term using the current assessment framework with judgements by class teachers having been informed by the contributions made by children in class discussions and work recorded in their RE book. RE is reported on formally to parents at the end of each academic year. Progress of children is tracked throughout their time at Didsbury CE Primary.
Parental Rights of Withdrawal in a Church of England Academy
The Worship and Religious Education provided by the school is in accordance with the Church of England. This foundation is also reflected in the curriculum and the whole life of the school community. Since the conduct of the school as a whole reflects the Church of England ethos, removal of pupils from Worship and/or Religious Education (as parents are legally entitled to do) cannot insulate them from the religious life of the school.
At Didsbury CE Primary School, the daily act of collective worship is viewed as an integral and important part of school life. Through this and in the general ethos of the school we seek to promote our mission statement of Belonging, Believing and Becoming.
It is a time where we come together to share our love of God based on promoting the Christian values which permeate the ethos of the school. As such, the contributions of staff, pupils, church clergy and other visitors are valued highly. We also actively seek to encourage the attitudes of awe, wonder and reflection. We have regular contributions to assembly. In accordance with Manchester Diocesan Guidelines, our school ensures that every child is entitled to an opportunity for daily worship.
Withdrawing Pupils from Collective Worship
The 1996 Education Act gives parents the legal right to withdraw their children from collective worship. This is upheld under the 1998 Act.
As an Anglican school we hold great value in the power of collective worship to formulate, enhance and celebrate the power and wonder of our Christian faith. That said, if parents wish to withdraw their child from collective worship we request that the reasons be put in writing and submitted to the Head of School.