As a Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) school we value the place of RE in the school curriculum very highly and we aim to provide a rich and varied RE curriculum that enables learners to acquire a thorough knowledge of the Christian faith. Our School Values, which come from the teachings of Jesus, underpin everything we do. They are used as everyday reminders of how to be the best we can. Our hope and aim is that they are values that the children will live by throughout their lives whatever their faith.
The main focus of our RE teaching is the Christian faith that shapes the ethos and values of our school community. Holy Trinity CE Primary School follows the 2017-2022 Agreed Syllabus for Surrey schools which enables the pupils to pose questions and develop skills relevant to the world today whilst exploring the Christian faith more deeply.
Learners also develop knowledge and understanding of other world faiths and beliefs. Children today grow up in a multi-faith society and as such we are an inclusive school and we celebrate diversity. We believe that it is important to teach children to understand other world faiths and beliefs and to explore the similarities and differences alongside Christianity. Role-play, discussion, art, visits, visitors, Pause Days and close links with the local Holy Trinity Church enable children to learn about and learn from Christianity and other religions.
Daily worship takes place either as a school, key stage or class. This is always of an intrinsically Christian nature and is designed to be relevant, interesting and inspiring. We use prayer and reflection, songs and music, drama and stories to promote a sense of awe and wonder, giving the children opportunities to appreciate the spiritual dimension and to express themselves spiritually.
The RE curriculum taught at Holy Trinity should enable the children to receive the National Society’s Statement of Entitlement (2011), which outlines that RE in Church schools aims to:
•enable pupils to encounter Christianity as the religion that shaped British culture and heritage and influences the lives of millions of people today;
•enable pupils to learn about the other major religions, their impact on culture and politics, art and history, and on the lives of their adherents;
•develop understanding of religious faith as the search for and expression of truth;
•contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual / philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own faith and beliefs.
The teaching of RE at Holy Trinity school is in keeping with government requirements and the statement of entitlement for children attending church schools. It is taught discreetly for an hour per week, across all year groups and also taught through daily acts of whole school collective Worship and one class Worship per week. We also have a visit per term from ‘ENGAGE’ Schools Christian Action team who deliver a lively and engaging Worship based on Christian faith. In addition to this we also deliver PAUSE days each year as a day of whole school reflection on an area of Christianity such as Easter. A WHAM team (We Have A Mission) is in place across KS2 which enables children to use Pupil Voice to communicate positive improvements that could be made to the areas of RE and Worship. For example in 2019-20 the WHAM team have made it their mission to get pupils more involved in leading Worship. Christian values are displayed around the school and each class has a designated ‘Worship and reflection’ area that is often linked to class worship and enables a space for children to say/write prayers or reflect on themes discussed in RE lessons or Worship.
Holy Trinity follow the Surrey Agreed Syllabus for planning and teaching weekly lessons. The lessons for each year group are planned by the members of staff working within the year group. Following the units in the agreed Surrey syllabus ensures that the lessons show progression across year groups, that the work is challenging and are also covering a range of different religions. The lessons are mainly taught by class teachers but in some cases, HLTAs teach this subject. During RE lessons children are taught subject knowledge about a particular religion (Attainment Target 1) and how people of that religion apply it to their lives (Attainment Target 2) RE lessons teach tolerance, understanding and respect for people of similar and different faiths.
The area of assessment within RE is currently being developed. Children are being encouraged to reflect on their own learning with self-assessment/peer assessment, although this is not currently recorded. I am going to develop assessment grids/tools for each topic which will aim to assess knowledge and skills. The aim will be for teachers to use a simple assessment task at the end of each unit and record those children who are working towards, at the expected level or exceeding objectives/s