At Bardsey Primary School, our vision is to develop pupil’s understanding of world faiths and other beliefs whilst exploring their commonality and diversity. In school we follow the Leeds Syllabus ‘Believing and Belonging’ 2019-2024 based on the National Curriculum for teaching Religious Education. We provide opportunities for children to explore a variety of religions and cultures and the key aspects that contribute to them. Through an engaging curriculum, we aim develop children’s cultural capital by providing children with a range of experiences. These include visits to places of worship and arranging visitors to come to Bardsey Primary School to deliver quality educational workshops.
Please see the areas of learning for EYFS in the attached document below.
The areas of learning that link closely to our Religious Education curriculum are:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness, Managing Feelings and Behaviour, Making Relationships
Understanding the World; People and Communities, The World
Maths; Shape, Space and Measure
Expressive Arts and Design
Community and Language
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 National Curriculum
The agreed Religious Education Syllabus for Calderdale, Kirklees and Leeds can be found in the link below.
The National Curriculum non-statutory guidance for Religious Education can be found in the link below.
Our RE curriculum intends to:
Offer broad and rich coverage of core religions.
To provide children with a variety of ways to explore religion, their community and personal development and wellbeing.
Provide high quality, coherent and progressive experience Religious Education, which is enhanced through cross-curricular learning.
Children to understand a range of religions and world views in order to discuss and understand commonalities and diversity.
Equips children with the skills to investigate and respond to a variety of issues.
Encourages and supports personal growth and community cohesion through each unit
Promotes RE in today’s modern world and allows children to develop their understanding of this this affects our lives.
Through collaborative planning our Religious Education curriculum builds on prior knowledge alongside introducing new skills and challenge each year. All children expand on their knowledge of Christianity each year, with other core religions being taught in specific year groups.
Key Knowledge and Vocabulary
The promotion of a language rich Religious Education curriculum is essential to the successful acquisition of knowledge and understanding in RE. Key vocabulary and concepts could be presented in knowledge organisers for KS2 and will be prominent in RE displays through EYFS, KS1 and KS2.
In RE, children are encouraged to enquire about their topic of interest and develop their independence. For example, engaging in research, open-ended discussions and group projects.
High Quality Resources
Children will access resources to acquire learning through real life objects, photographs and digital technology. We have strong and secure links with the local church and the vicar is a prominent visitor in school.
To enhance the curriculum for RE, children access the local Church at least once a year at Christmas time for a service by the local Vicar and to perform a carols service.
Curriculum Enhancements (visits, visitors, themed days/weeks)
Each year group have visits or trips outlined to allow children to apply their knowledge and experience aspects of other religions firsthand. For example, visit to synagogue, mosque.
Continuous training to ensure teacher skill and knowledge is developed to teach the subject with confidence and accuracy. This could be developed through staff meetings to share good practice and skills.
The impact and measure of our RE curriculum is that pupils are:
enjoying learning about a range of religions and why people choose or choose not to follow a religion
able to make links between their own lives and those of others in the community and the wider world
excited by RE enquiry and inspired to develop an enthusiasm to go and find out more for themselves
encouraged to be lifelong learners about RE
ignited with an interest for studying different religions and beliefs as they move into KS3 which will positively shape their futures
Leadership, Assessment and Feedback
The RE leader has an overall responsibility for the progress of all children in RE throughout the school.
Assessment data is provided to SLT.
Feedback is given to children in line with our feedback policy. Verbal feedback will be used frequently in RE lessons whilst whole class, and group discussions are taking place. This provides instant feedback and allows for greater challenge through planned questioning and additional activities.
An assessment of RE topics will take place throughout the year. Each year group has their own timetable of assessment provided by the subject leader. These assessments are sent to the subject leader, who feeds back to SLT.
Planned topic links, knowledge organisers and discussions will allow children to recall on previous learning.