R.E. teaching at Horsforth Newlaithes Primary School aims to give children an understanding of the identity and diversity of the local and wider community, which will enable them to grow up, to live and to work alongside people of all beliefs and cultures. We want our children to not only learn about the world’s faiths, beliefs and teachings but also learn from them. They should understand how their actions, towards their environment and others, has an impact. Through discussion and debate, our children will learn to listen to the viewpoints of others; that not everyone has the same thoughts and beliefs and how to tolerate ideas that are different from our own. They will be given the opportunity to reflect on their learning through discussions and debate.
At Horsforth Newlaithes Primary School teachers plan using the Leeds Agreed Syllabus. This ensures that there is progression throughout the school. From Early Years to year 6, the R.E. curriculum is led by a series of key questions to spark curiosity and provoke discussion and debate. Each year groups questions build on the knowledge gained from their predecessors ensuring themes are revisited and built upon as they progress through the school.
Religious Education is generally taught on a weekly basis but is sometimes delivered through a class topic or class community. Teachers may develop their own key questions linked to the themes in the syllabus, using the threshold concepts: to understand beliefs and teachings, understand practises and lifestyles, understand how beliefs are conveyed, reflect on learning and understanding and to understand values. Our knowledge categories which underpin the RE curriculum and are threaded throughout are Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism and Islam. Where appropriate, these will link with other curriculum subjects and learning. Lessons are planned and delivered in a variety of ways ensuring that all children can access and participate in lessons. Interactive, practical activities encourage the children to discuss their ideas and extend their understanding of difficult concepts and challenging questions.
Through the study of R.E., both the teachers and pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. We measure the impact of our curriculum through discussions, debate, role play, circle times, group work, links made to other curriculum areas, questions asked by children and the responses raised by questions asked of them. Along with the way that children conduct themselves in their daily lives and how they treat and value others and their environment.
|Threshold Concepts||Knowledge Categories|
Understand beliefs and teachings
Understand practices and lifestyles
Understand how beliefs are conveyed