Welcome to our St Giles C of E Academy RE page.
Here you will find out about how we teach RE throughout school. Our intent is that children are taught Religious Education frequently to discover about the world and people around them. They will also have the opportunity to experience the love of God in Jesus Christ. Children will develop their own sense of personal worth and effectively portray the values of our school vision; respect, hope, faith, love and confidence. Children will explore their individuality and appreciate differences between people. They will have a secure knowledge of their own faith and questions they want to explore as well as being able to identify what others believe and why. They will be able to compare religions through various factors and have respect for everyone, regardless of faith or background. Although we link Religious Education teaching to other subjects, we explain to children that this is R.E, which stands for Religious Education so that children understand what it means when we explore this subject. They will have awe and wonder at the artefacts and places that we explore linked to religion and wish to discover even more about the festivals, stories and symbols they have learnt thus promoting curiosity for future learning. We will have internal and external opportunities for expression of their own beliefs and learning through faith. RE lessons can link closely to the worship that takes place in school, where children have the opportunity to lead others in our journey and in ensuring that we demonstrate the school vision each and every day.
RE is taught on a two year rolling programme consisting of six separate topics each year. This programme consists of a combination of the ‘Wakefield Agreed Syllabus’ and ‘Understanding Christianity’ to meet the needs of all learners. We follow the non-statutory guidance of the government (2010) as well as the SIAMS framework that applies to Christian schools. These cover both the areas of Christianity to explore as well as teaching about other faiths. The religions focused upon will change dependent upon the Key Stage being taught, which is identified on the two year programme. This means that all classes, both set and mixed learn the same topics and therefore, have the same RE teaching. Topics follow through the key stages and have building blocks of what the children have learnt in that topic in the previous key stage. This ensures there is progression in children’s’ knowledge and skills within RE. Children broaden their vocabulary through key words taught based on religious learning. We develop the skills of compare and contrast as well as supporting their opinions by explaining why and thinking deeper. These key questions are identified in the planning of each year group with examples of activities that children can do to pose their own questions. We also link religious education to the other topics/ subjects being explored. We aim to use art work and the expressive arts when teaching RE so that children can express their ideas in a variety of ways. We have many collective worships in school that develop children’s understanding of bible stories and allow them to explore their own opinions and the opinions of others. We are developing our collective worship procedures so that children can be leaders of this area in their classes. We also have outside parties, such as the Hand to Mouth company that come into school to develop children’s knowledge of collective worship further. At St Giles we do a lot of SMSC work that will also impact children’s beliefs and wellbeing. This can sometimes create links to our work within R.E, although they are taught as specific subjects.
At St Giles Academy the impact of the curriculum is assessed and evidenced through the children’s Religious Education books as well as our class ‘Big Books’. Coverage of RE education is monitored on a Curriculum Overview Mapping document. Subject Leaders use pupil voice to ascertain the depth of impact of the religious education curriculum and to inform future planning. RE is monitored throughout all year groups using a variety of strategies including book scrutinies, lesson observations and pupil interviews.
We aim to give all our pupils the opportunity to succeed and reach the highest level of personal achievement: to promote the individuality of all our pupils, irrespective of ethnicity, attainment, age, disability, gender or background. Our school works closely with parents to ensure that the beliefs of all children are respected in school in regards to worship and lessons being taught.