We follow the Dorset Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. In the Early Years children learn about the Christian religion and the importance that faith plays in people’s lives. We share bible stories and discuss the major Christian festivals. We also aim to develop the skills of reflection and empathy by encouraging children to discuss right and wrong and the feelings of others. This continues throughout the school. In Years One and Two children begin to learn about Judaism as well as learning about key figures from the Bible. Children also learn about celebrations from a range of other religions. Children learn about special places and the symbols associated with worship.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from this activity. Please contact the Headteacher.
Vision for RE
Intention (What are we trying to achieve?)
In Religious Education we encourage our children to be reflective, sensitive, compassionate and thoughtful, to consider their own beliefs, to be considerate of the beliefs of others, and to ask questions about different religions, traditions and cultures around the world as we believe that religion and beliefs inform our children’s’ values and are reflected in what they say and how they behave.
Implementation (How will we organise the learning?)
The children at Christchurch Infant School have a high quality, coherent and progressive experience of the subject. Religious Education lessons are interactive, lively and fun with a strong cross-curricular approach incorporating art, music, drama, computing and creative writing. Moments of stillness are also used within lessons to allow children time to reflect. RE lessons are taught each half term in a blocked unit of study and there is a daily act of Collective Worship.
We have a large selection of books and resources reflecting both Christianity and other World religions. These artefacts are used to enhance learning, and the children are encouraged to explore these objects using their different senses.
We organise visits to local places of worship such as Saint George’s Church in Christchurch. Throughout the year we endeavour to invite visitors to our school to share their faiths. ‘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.
In the Foundation Stage the children think about how they share special times and take part in celebrations with their families and friends. We also aim to make R.E. relevant by studying and celebrating real events and festivals such as Christmas, Easter and Harvest which is taught as appropriate to children’s developmental ages so that their learning is developed in a progressive way. In Year One children focus on understanding Christian beliefs through thinking about key Christian teachings and discussing what is a ‘Christian’. In Year Two children then focus Hinduism and Judaism, understanding what is a Jew and Hindu and thinking about some festivals and teachings from these faiths.
A clear scheme of study is used by Key Stage One taken from the Dorset SACRE Agreed Syllabus and key objectives are documented in the schools medium term planning, which is monitored by the R.E lead.
Impact (How will we measure success?)
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.
Learning outcomes are used to identify the essential core knowledge which pupils should gain from their RE programme of study. The idea is that at each phase, pupils will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the essential core ideas and practices of the religions and beliefs being studied and that this is shown in the development of their abilities to interpret, apply and evaluate those ideas and practices.
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.