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Religious Education at Gade Valley Primary School

RE Subject Leader: Mrs Watson

Curriculum Aims

At Gade Valley, we aim to ensure that all pupils develop as tolerant young people : with respect and understanding of the views of others, including the beliefs and practices of religions and other worldviews.  We aim to enable pupils to become religiously and theologically literate so they can engage in life in an increasingly diverse society. Our curriculum ensures pupils develop knowledge and understanding of sources of wisdom and their impact whilst exploring personal and critical responses.

 

Sources of wisdom and their impact

At Gade Valley, we strive to ensure pupils:

  • know, understand and explore the significance and impact of sacred texts, other sources of wisdom and ways of expressing meaning
  • express ideas and insights about the nature of beliefs, values and practices and their impact upon the identity of individuals and communities
  • recognise and explore the diversity which exists within and between religious tradition

 

Personal and critical responses

At Gade Valley, we strive to ensure pupils:

  • express with increasing discernment their personal reflections, critical responses and connections to faith and belief enquiring into philosophical, moral and ethical issues
  • engage with the questions and answers offered by religions and worldviews concerning ultimate questions and human responsibility
  • develop the skills requires to engage with others in dialogue and to cooperate in society with respect and compassion

 

How we teach RE
RE teaching at Gade Valley will provide pupils with a systematic knowledge and understanding of Christianity, several principal religions and other worldviews which give life value. Lessons will not be about telling pupils what religious views they should have but rather assist them in gaining shared human understanding, developing their personal identity and supporting them in searching for meaning in the context of evaluating different viewpoints.

 

Over each term, pupils in Key Stage 1 will receive approximately 10 hours of RE per term and pupils in Key Stage 2 will receive approximately 13 hours per term.  Some classes will have weekly lessons but others who use a topic approach may block the lessons into a specific week.  In the Early Years, RE is delivered flexibly according to the statutory requirements of the EYFS.

 

Throughout their time at Gade Valley, our pupils take part in many activities to develop their learning, including; trips to local churches, Easter bonnet parades, carol concerts and nativity performances. We also hold regular religious themed assemblies led by school staff and visitors from the local community.
 

Key Developments and Information for 2021/22

Up to May 2022:

  • All pupils in Years 1-6 have taken part in a Bhangra dance workshop to celebrate Diwali.
  • All pupils in Reception - Year 6 made a diva lamp as part of a Diwali enrichment day. 
  • All pupils in Nursery - Year 6 have participated in a Christmas performance. 
  • Within R.E. sessions, all pupils receive dedicated curriculum time for reflection, discussion, dialogue and debate.
  • Pupils within the early years foundation stage have had the opportunity to explore religious artefacts and learn more about cultural and religious festivals through stories, role plays and celebrations. 
  • Pupil voice (in Key Stage 1 and 2) showed that:
    • 100% of the pupils surveyed enjoyed learning about RE.  
    • 100% of pupils said they can get help if they need it. 
    • 100% of pupils said teachers' feedback helps my learning in RE. 

 

Key Information for 2020/21

  • By the end of Key Stage 1, a large majority of pupils are working at the expected standards. 
  • By the end of Key Stage 2, a large majority of pupils are either working at the expected standard or at greater depth. 

 

 

 

 

To see our learning in R.E, please visit the R.E page on the 'Curriculum Blogs' section.

Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022

Religious Education Skills and Knowledge Progression

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