At Lace Hill Academy, we follow the Oxford Diocese scheme of work for Religious Education.
There are two main educational purposes to RE:
- Pupils can learn about religions and beliefs which have influenced the lives of millions of people and heavily influenced the development of different human cultures. This enables our pupils to understand the modern world.
- Pupils can reflect more deeply on their own and others’ sense of identity, meaning and purpose in life from their study of religion and belief. This develops our pupil’s understanding of human values and mutual understanding
Why is Religious Education at Lace Hill Academy so important?
- It helps pupils understand the world they live in by developing their religious literacy
- It helps them to develop skills in recognising, handling and analysing the big questions and concepts that arise from experience and help make sense of life
- It provides opportunities for and develops their ability to reflect on experience
- It develops debating, reasoning, self-expression, relationships and self-understanding
- It helps with their literacy, creativity, personal development and critical thinking
- It helps their understanding of identity and their search for meaning, purpose and value
- Helps pupils deal with controversy and learning to disagree whilst living together in community
- Understand and respectfully challenge and be challenged by people of different lifestyles, beliefs and practices
How are my child’s skills developed?
Early Years Foundation Stage
- Pupils learn about different religious festivals throughout the year which develop their knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs. Festivals include Diwali, Eid, Hanukkah, Christmas, Chinese New year and Easter.
- Pupils develop their understanding of different cultures through circle time, role-play, artefacts, stories, show and tell, food, art and music.
- Pupils develop their thinking and questioning skills across the EYFS curriculum.
Key Stage 1
- Pupils explore Christianity and Judaism in some depth
- Pupils explore non-religious views held by members of the class and their families.
- Pupils learn to use basic subject specific vocabulary.
- Pupils raise questions and begin to express their own views in response to the material they learn about and in response to questions about their ideas.
Key Stage 2
- Pupils learn about Christianity, Hinduism and Islam
- They extend their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews, recognising their local, national and global contexts.
- They are encouraged to be curious and to ask increasingly challenging questions about religion, belief, values and human life.
- Pupils make connections between differing aspects of religion and consider the different forms of religious expression.
- They consider the beliefs, teachings, practices and ways of life central to religion.
- Pupils learn about sacred texts and other sources and consider their meanings.
- They begin to recognise diversity in religion, learning about similarities and differences within as well as between religions and beliefs and the importance of mutual understanding.
- They recognise the challenges involved in distinguishing between ideas of right and wrong, and valuing what is good and true.
- Pupils learn to express their own ideas in response to the material they engage with; identifying relevant information, selecting examples and giving reasons to support their ideas and views.
How is my child’s development assessed?
Early Years Foundation Stage
Pupils in the early years are assessed in RE using the Early Learning Goals (Knowing and Understanding about the world)
In Key Stages 1 and 2, we use the following expectations to assess your child.
By the end of Key Stage 1, pupils will be able to:
- Show basic knowledge and understanding of Christianity and Judaism, exploring similarities and differences between religions.
- Reflect on personal experience and say how it is linked to feelings and opinions.
- Give one or more reasons for an opinion, based on appropriate factual knowledge and understanding
By the end of Lower KS2, pupils will be able to:
- Show knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other faiths and beliefs, and can explain what difference faith makes in family life.
- Think about what influences our beliefs and lifestyle and the way we see things.
- Gain basic understanding of some beliefs to be able to give valid reasons for and against an opinion
By the end of Upper KS2, pupils will be able to:
- Understand what it means to belong to a religious community and the influence religious faith has on individuals and communities.
- Explore different religious and non‐religious beliefs about meaning, purpose and value. Show awareness of the ways beliefs influence attitudes, way of life and behaviour.
- Express and justify their own beliefs and opinions and listen sensitively to those of others.
- Distinguish between valid and invalid arguments.
Religious Education is not just taught in discrete lessons. The children’s knowledge and understanding is enriched through a planned programme of cultural and religious assemblies, where they are exposed to the beliefs and traditions of other cultures in the community. It is also supported by our PHSE programme which further promotes the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
If you would like to find out more about the Oxford Diocese scheme for Religious Education, please click on the link below.