Religious Education

Intent:

As a community school we follow the Agreed Syllabus for the London Borough of Camden – Living Difference. The purpose of the Religious Education (RE) curriculum is to support students developing their own coherent patterns of values and principles as well as supporting their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Students will explore similar concepts between different religions, the human experience, as well as concepts that are specific to a particular religion. It is important students progressively develop the capacities to interpret, evaluate and respond to different values and beliefs. The majority of our school community come from the Islamic and Christian faiths so we build on children’s own backgrounds by focusing on Christianity, Islam as well as Judaism during Key Stage One before moving onto exploring other religions and gaining a greater understanding in Key Stage Two. This allows children to make links between the different religions and themes. For example children in Key Stage One will learn about the story of creation as told in the Bible, Torah and Quran which will allow them to make comparisons to stories from other religions as well as the non-religious in Key Stage Two.

Implementation:

In KS1, children will be learning about religions that are practiced most in the local community – Christianity, Islam and Judaism. This will allow them to have an understanding of how their own beliefs relate to those around them. They will explore common themes such as tolerance, patience and kindness as well as making comparisons with their knowledge, e.g. that these religions believe in one God. They will also begin to explore differences, such as places of worship and celebrations.

In KS2, children build on these foundations by exploring all world religions as well non-religions. By the end of Upper Key Stage Two they will be able to compare, contrast and discuss ideas from the different religions and non-religions. All learning starts by revisiting prior knowledge to encourage children to make connections. Knowledge Organisers provide children with subject-specific vocabulary and key learning. Knowledge Organisers are used for pre-teaching, to support home learning and as a part of regular review in lessons. Knowledge Mats for each term can be found on the relevant year group learning page. Click here to see an example.

In ensuring high standard of teaching and learning in Religion, we implement a curriculum which progresses throughout the school and beginning with subject matters that the children will be familiar with. Religion is taught in termly topics where knowledge is taught as well as an understanding of the key themes, for example tolerance and kindness. Whole school and class assemblies promote the subject through exploring the main festivals and celebrations of all the world religion in our curriculum. This weaves in with other areas of school curriculum such as PSHE and promotes the Rights Respecting ethos of Brecknock. We celebrate the curriculum through events with our local community such as Family Supper and Eid Festival.

Impact:

We ensure that children are equipped with a broad religious knowledge as well developing their skills to interpret, evaluate and respond to differing values and beliefs. This is achieved through extending their thinking skills as well as creative, imaginative and emotional development. This will ensure children leave primary school understanding and respecting different religions and cultural backgrounds