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                                                     Statement of Intent

Religious Education

At Ettington Primary School, Religious Education aims to develop our children’s spiritual, social, moral and cultural education and is a key part of the curriculum. Through providing high-quality, explicit RE teaching, children have the opportunity to reflect on and analyse a variety of different beliefs and world views, gaining a knowledge and understanding of different faiths and diversity within and across religions. Children are encouraged to consider, express and evaluate their own views on a range of issues.

Religious Education supports our vision of ‘Learning for Fullness of Life’ by allowing children the opportunity to gain a broader, in depth understanding of different religions and what other believe, as well to consider and share their own beliefs. Children make links to and have chance to reflect on our key values of love, respect and trust, as well as our half termly value. They explore Bible stories which demonstrate the values through collective worship and class discussions.

Lessons in RE follow units from Coventry and Warwickshire agreed syllabus and Understanding Christianity.  Two-thirds of the teaching focuses on Christianity and one third on other religions (including humanism). Each year group focuses on Christianity and one or two other religions. Children are given opportunity to make links and compare across religions. Understanding Christianity allows children to develop a broad vocabulary and to engage with biblical text to reflect on theological ideas and develop a greater understanding. Through these units, key concepts of the the ‘big story’ of the bible are revisited to allow children to dig deeper and build on their previous knowledge.

Religious Education is taught weekly; whole school focus days and themed weeks such as Holy Trinity Day and interfaith week also support and extend learning. Collective Worship also enhances and links to Religious Education through the focus on bible stories and different religious festivals. Visitors from a variety of religions and visits allow children to have a real life understanding of religion.

Each RE lesson starts with a big question which children are given the opportunity to reflect on and answer. Teaching and learning in RE is varied, creative and engaging.  Lessons often involve videos and artefacts to enhance understanding. Children are given the opportunity to explore faith and beliefs through different activities including art work, written work, discussion, drama, reflection and computing. Questioning is used throughout the lesson to check understanding and to extend thinking.

Children complete pre and post unit mind maps to assess learning within each unit. This is used alongside other teacher assessments to evaluate their understanding of that unit. Attainment in RE is shared with parents at the end of the academic year. As well as a prayer and reflection space, each class also has a space where work and resources to support their current topic are displayed. Children’s prayers are shared with the local church to be used in services and RE work is shared with parents and the wider community through the website, assemblies and the pod.