Ashley C of E Primary School

Religious Education

Intent 

 As a Church of England school, the main focus of Religious Education at Ashley is the Christian faith that underpins the ethos and values of our school community. Through RE we seek to give the children a rich variety of experiences from which they can develop knowledge, understanding and awareness of all faiths. R.E. also has a significant role for the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. It promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs. We encourage pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. In line with the National Society’s Statement of Entitlement (2016) we aim to: 

  • enable pupils to encounter Christianity as the religion that shaped British culture and heritage and influences the lives of millions of people today as a world religion; 
  • enable pupils to learn about the other major religions, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism and their impact on culture and politics, art and history, and on the lives of their believers. 
  • develop understanding of religious faith as the search for and expression of truth; 
  • contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual / philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own faith and beliefs. 

We believe that it is vital for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. We encourage Ashley Pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. 

Implementation 

We use the Guildford Diocesan Guidelines for Religious Education as the basis for our curriculum. We are implementing an enquiry model of learning, which it helps pupils to deepen their understanding in RE and make secure connections as well as utilising higher-level thinking skills. Our enquiry planning in RE follows the format Engage/ Enquire & Explore/ Evaluate/ Express.  

It 

  • Starts by engaging the pupils in their learning. They are given opportunities to explore, wonder, respond, make links with their personal experiences, and build upon previous learning. 
  • Allows pupils time to gather information and draw conclusions before asking them to reflect and apply their learning 
  • Enables pupils to reconsider and extend their initial thinking as they begin to see new levels of possibility 
  • Allows pupils to use their creativity and imagination 
  • Emphasises impersonal evaluation and critical thinking with a process of: 

RE is taught using the Early Years, KS1 and KS2 Guidelines from the Diocese of Guildford through either weekly, fortnightly lessons. Year groups sometimes carry out RE days which enable children more effectively to enhance and deepen their understanding, and will challenge them by engaging in higher level thinking over a meaningful period of time.  

Our Religious Education curriculum is enhanced further with trips to places of worship in our local area and visiting experts who support the learning experience. Experiences and enrichment opportunities include:  

  • handling artefacts 
  • exploring sacred texts and critically engaging with texts 
  • using imaginative play or drama to express feelings and ideas 
  • responding to images, games, stories, art, music and dance 
  • fostering close links with our local St Mary’s Church community with regular visits such as our Advent Walk for Year 1.3.and 5 or Easter Walk for Year 2, 4 and 6 and services as well as visits by clergy to the school 
  • making visits to religious places of worship e.g. Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking or Weybridge Synagogue 
  • taking part in school events- (Black History Month, Harvest Festival, school performances at Christmas and Easter, Remembrance Service at the memorial locally) 
  • participating in moments of quiet reflection using Prayer stations and reflection areas 
  • participating in Open the Book assemblies, Class Reflection times, 
  • using IT to further explore religion and belief globally 
  • comparing religions and world views through discussion 
  • debating and communicating religious belief, world views, theological and philosophical ideas and answering and asking ultimate questions posed by these 

Our Religious Education Curriculum is well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. Teachers assess against success criteria learning about and from religion by capturing pupil discussions about their learning, reflecting on standards achieved against the planned outcomes and celebrating learning as a project using the mediums of art, dance or drama. Our Religious Education Lead monitors the teaching, learning and progression of RE each term.  

Impact 

The children at Ashley Church of England Primary School enjoy learning about Christianity and other faiths and have a good knowledge and understanding of the importance of religion in people’s lives. Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. Through R.E. our children are developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life and worship, making connections and critically engaging with texts to help them to understand the big questions of life.  

Curriculum map and progression documents

Curriculum Map Progression of Skills