The aim of Religious Education at Thurgoland C.E. School is to allow all learners to explore faith – as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it. R.E. supports our mission to inspire caring, tolerant and enthusiastic learners, with Christian values at the heart of everything they do. This is a powerful subject for enabling all our children to demonstrate their commitment to becoming their “best self” and to showcase their ability to think deeply, critically and creatively.
As a Church of England School the curriculum provides the opportunity for learners to develop a relationship with God and Jesus Christ, through the study of Christianity and other major world faiths.
It is our intent to:
In R.E. we encourage our pupils to:
Long term: Units of work are planned which cover the National Curriculum and Agreed Local Syllabus. Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter re-visited to develop the learning in a progressive way. Judaism, Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism are also taught, allowing pupils to gain insight into other faith communities and facilitate the exploration of links and comparisons across beliefs and practices. In Christianity the core concepts of God, Creation, Fall, People of God, Incarnation, Gospel, Salvation and The Kingdom of God – form the basis of units for each year group; addressed with increasing depth and relevance to pupil maturity. Planning enables effective links to be made across the curriculum, especially with PHSE but also with humanities and the arts.
Medium term: Each unity of study is based on a key question and answering these questions may involve studying religious text, exploring the customs and practices of believers and considering the impact on individuals and / or the community. Two quality resources support planning “Understanding Christianity” – which supports teachers and pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of Christian theology and “Discovery R.E.” an enquiry approach, covering the belief systems of major world religions. Both schemes provide frameworks for assessing pupil progress against the learning objectives for each unit. Teachers also assess the skills and attitudes demonstrated by pupils, for example evaluation, analysis and critical awareness – via observations of their contributions to discussions as well as written responses. Themes addressed during Collective Worship add cohesion and depth to the curriculum, enabling the children to also experience mixed aged learning and share moments of wonder and reflection.
Short term: Lessons are engaging, challenging, and creative and often there is an emphasis on debate. All pupils are encouraged and supported to contribute orally and share their own experiences, knowing that this is within a safe context where views are valued and respected. Effective use is made of artefacts and access to the internet. Visitors from faith communities and visits to places of worship bring studies “to life.” The school particularly benefits from close links to our local Church and parishioners, where pupils have first-hand experience of faith in action.
Values that are at the heart of Thurgoland