The aim of teaching Religious Education is to support and challenge pupils to reflect upon, develop and affirm their own beliefs, values and attitudes and those of others through an exploration of shared human experiences.
Learners will develop a wide range of higher-level skills such as enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection to deepen their understanding of the impact of religion on the world.
At Trenode we aim to:
· enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living faith that influences the lives of people worldwide
· enable pupils to know and understand about other major world religions and world views, their impact on society, culture and the wider world, enabling pupils to express ideas and insights
· contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values
· provide a challenging and robust curriculum that draws on the richness and diversity of religious experience worldwide.
Religious Education accounts for no less than 5% of the curriculum. The amount of time allocated to Religious Education in any week may differ. Religious Education may be provided in a ‘whole block’ or the time may be divided up into smaller sessions. However, over the whole year class teachers ensure that all children have equal access to the required amount of Religious Education curriculum time.
Teaching about the Christian faith accounts for 60% of our RE curriculum time and we predominantly use the “Understanding Christianity” resource to deliver this strand of RE.
We have also adopted the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2020 which supports us to deliver high quality teaching and learning about other world faiths, including Judaism, Hinduism & Islam.
At Trenode we use the Understanding Christianity scheme of work to support teachers in teaching about Christianity in Religious Education. By addressing key questions, Understanding Christianity encourages pupils to explore core Bible texts, examine the impact for Christians and consider possible implications.
Each unit incorporates the three elements:
Making sense of the text – Developing skills of reading and interpretation; understanding how Christians interpret, handle and use biblical texts; making sense of the meanings of texts for Christians
Understanding the impact – Examining ways in which Christians respond to biblical texts and teachings, and how they put their beliefs into action in diverse ways within the Christian community and in the world
Making connections – Evaluating, reflecting on and connecting the texts and concepts studied, and discerning possible connections between these and pupils’ own lives and ways of understanding the world.
Each unit begins with a ‘way in’ and then offers teaching and learning ideas for each element. The teacher chooses how to weave together the elements, from making sense of the text, through looking at the impact on the world of the Christian, and helping to make connections with the world of the pupil, in order to achieve the outcomes.
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