Subject Leader: Ellie Memory
Curriculum Team: Humanities
The Pinkwell WHY for Religious Education (The Intent - Vision)
At Pinkwell we enable all our pupils to develop knowledge and understanding of the wide range of cultures, beliefs and values celebrated locally, nationally and globally, promote an ethos of respect for and tolerance of others, challenging stereotypes and developing a cohesive world.
The Pinkwell WHAT for Religious Education (The Intent - BIG IDEAS)
- To develop an understanding of how faith informs peoples’ identity, sense of belonging, values and actions and has an impact on a person’s wellbeing.
- To be tolerant, respectful and responsible citizens who are knowledgeable about and accepting of all the major world faiths and beliefs.
- To develop an understanding of the role religion and beliefs have in forming our contemporary society and the building and strengthening of community cohesion.
- To think deeply about, enquire about, and discuss challenging questions about faith and worldviews and respond to these on a personal level.
The Pinkwell HOW for Religious Education (The Implementation)
At Pinkwell Religious Education is an integral part of our school learning. Discovery RE is a comprehensive set of detailed medium-term planning for Religious Education from Nursery to Year 6 (for 3-11 year-olds).
64 Enquiry modules covering Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism support the teacher to deliver engaging and challenging RE lessons with confidence. Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given fresh treatment each year, developing children’s learning in a progressive way. There are opportunities in other aspects of the curriculum, such as English, PHSCE, P4C, SMSC opportunities and British Values via lessons, assemblies and collective worship.
The Pinkwell SO WHAT for Religious Education (The Impact) (+ example of evidence)
At Pinkwell, Religious Education enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. We develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths, and we address the fundamental questions in life through an enquiry based curriculum. We enable children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions, especially those that are the main faiths of children within our school.
By following Discovery RE at Pinkwell Primary School we intend that Religious Education will provoke challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, and issues of right and wrong, commitment and belonging. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development. Adopting an enquiry- based approach as recommended by Ofsted, beginning with the children’s own life experience before moving into learning about and from religion.
The RE leader monitors delivery of the programme through observation and discussion with teaching staff, as well as discussions with children and scrutiny of their written work to ensure consistent and coherent curriculum provision.
Evaluation of the programme’s effectiveness is conducted on the basis of:
- Pupil and teacher evaluation of the content and learning processes
- Staff meetings to review and share experience
- Monitoring of assessment to ensure progression throughout the school.