"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion."
Content of the Religious Education Curriculum
The Religious Education Curriculum at Pittington Primary School supports and supplements the National Curriculum by reflecting the needs of our children and the context of the school.
The Religious Education curriculum offers the children a range of relevant and purposeful experience that will enable them to develop the skills and knowledge to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, as well as to guide the children to be respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world, nurturing our children on their life-long learning journey so they can grow into caring, responsible adults who make a positive difference to the world.
The children will be given opportunities to:
- encounter challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human, through the understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and gain knowledge of religious traditions that examine these
questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development.
- explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious) in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious faith, how beliefs impact on themselves and others, and to express their responses, with an awareness that not all views expressed may be democratic nor moderate.
- build their sense of identity and belonging, to help them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse British society
- develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and help them to challenge prejudice
- consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society, with an emphasis on empathy, generosity and compassion.
Assessment of Religious Education
At Pittington Primary it is our intention that all children will at least reach their age related expectations as described in the National Curriculum.
However through a curriculum that is challenging and relevant to the children we expect children to achieve greater than age related expectations.
Children who are not meeting age related expectations will be supported by staff through differentiated tasks and targeted small group work. The direct use of key questions and targeted support will be offered to ensure that any gaps between groups of children are closed.
Assessment of the children’s Religious Education skills will be assessed by the class teacher. There will be a range of evidence to support teacher judgement including RE books, photographs, displays and assessed pieces of work.
Monitoring of Religious Education
The quality of the learning across the school is monitored by the Religious Education Subject Link Teacher.
Monitoring includes the Subject Link Teacher observing learning within lessons, planning scrutiny, work scrutiny and discussions with children. Analysis of data is also undertaken to ensure that standards are high and that improvements are made where necessary.
Training is offered to all Subject Link Teachers to ensure that their knowledge and skills are up to date and accurate.
The Subject Link Teacher meets with the Special Interest Governor for Religious Education to share school improvement plan initiatives with them and ensure that governors are aware of standards across the school.