In Religious Education (RE) we encourage the children at Christchurch Infant School to be reflective, sensitive, compassionate and thoughtful, to consider their own beliefs, to be considerate, tolerant and respectful of the beliefs of others, and to ask questions about different religions, traditions and cultures around the world. We intend for children to be inquisitive, develop an understanding of their sense of belonging and learn about and from different religions, beliefs and traditions.
At Christchurch Infant School, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Lessons are based around an established scheme called Discovery RE which adopts a creative enquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. Each topic begins with a ‘Big Question.’ Children apply their knowledge and understanding of what they have learnt to answer this question using their critical thinking skills. The Discovery scheme makes links to the British values and promotes Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. RE lessons are taught either weekly or each half term in a blocked unit of study.
Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given new treatment each year in order to develop the learning in a progressive way. In the Foundation year, where foundations are laid for religious enquiry children are introduced to stories from a variety of religions In Key stage 1, one other key principle faith is taught per year group. These include: Islam and Judaism.
At Christchurch Infant School we take part in a daily act of Collective Worship. A local Christian group called ‘Open the Book’ join us regularly to lead assemblies and we enjoy visits from Mr Gillham who offers our children an opportunity to hear the major stories of the Bible.
Children at Christchurch Infant School will develop an understanding and tolerance of people with different views and beliefs. Their Religious Education will promote their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. They will know about a number of key beliefs and celebrations of some of the major world religions and begin to understand the importance of these to the people of those faiths.
In line with our school policy on assessment and monitoring, it is expected that each teacher will be responsible for the regular assessments of their pupils. Assessment for Learning strategies are continuously used during children’s learning, which directly informs future planning, teaching and learning. Teacher assessment is based on a wide range of evidence, including questioning, talking and listening to children whilst engaged in their learning and observing children learning independently and collaboratively.
The impact of teaching is assessed at the end of each half term against two main criteria: children’s knowledge of a faith and children’s understanding of people and values within that faith. Children will leave our school knowing about celebrations within their immediate families and that different people have different beliefs which are important to them and that there are people within our school, community, friends and family of different faiths which can shape the way people live their life.