The Alwoodley Vision for
Religious Education (R.E)
At Alwoodley Primary School, our Religious Education (R.E) curriculum contributes to children's education by provoking challenging questions about; the meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. The engaging and stimulation lessons help to nurture; informed and resilient responses to misunderstanding, stereotyping and division. It will develop children’s skills of; enquiry, reasoned argument and reflection. In our diverse society, children are enriched by the diversity of cultures and beliefs and need more than ever before, to understand other people’s beliefs, culture and traditions. Therefore R.E will enable them to develop their own ideas, values and identities.
Our intent is that the golden threads of Alwoodley are woven through a meaningful and memorable Religious Education curriculum that will develop children's skills of; enquiry, reasoned argument and reflection.
Golden thread one – cognitive education will be promoted in R.E lessons so that children can enquire, reflect, analyse and create links.
Golden thread two – a love of reading will be evident as pupils are introduced to key religious texts and stories from the religions being studied and through reading inspirational passages and information about significant figures.
Golden thread three – with a sound knowledge of themselves, others and their community, it is our intent that all our pupils flourish and are confident to live in our diverse society surrounded by many beliefs, cultures and traditions, which makes a huge contribution to our pupils social and emotional development, reflective of our Golden thread three – PSHE.
The aims of our Religious Education curriculum is to develop pupils who:
- Create Links
- Articulate clearly
In school we follow the national guidance issued by the R.E Council (2013) for teaching Religious Education (R.E) and we use the Leeds Syllabus 'Believing and Belonging'.
The classroom offers a place of security within which difficult and risky questions can be tackled within a safe context. Pupils learn to appraise the value of wisdom from different sources and to express their insights in response and to agree or disagree respectfully. Teaching will equip pupils with knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and world views which will enable them to develop their ideas, values and identities.
In R.E. pupils, discover, explore, and consider different answers to questions, in local, national and global contexts. They do this through learning about and learning from religions and also about other world views. They learn to articulate clearly their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences, whilst respecting the rights of others to differ.
We use a range of strategies to assess what skills and knowledge the children have attained each term including the following:
- Book Looks
- Videos and photos of lessons
- Use of super six or equivalent
- Pupil Voice
- Regular feedback each lesson