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The Religious Education Curriculum

Our religious education curriculum is fully inclusive and meets the needs of all learners, starting from building strong foundations in our EYFS, supporting and challenging them on their journey to being secondary ready, and ultimately ensuring that they are equipped with the cultural capital, skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the future.

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Intent

Our vision for Religious Education curriculum is ‘to inspire and engage our pupils to be inquisitive and develop their own values and attitudes giving them a sense of belonging and identity. ‘

We aim to do this by providing opportunities for pupils to explore religious beliefs and practices of different faiths.

We believe that a broad and balanced religious education curriculum is the entitlement of all pupils, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability. It is our vision that all pupils during their journey will display the essential characteristics of open minded citizens:

  • To respect and be tolerant of other faiths
  • The ability to understand that we all don’t share the same beliefs and values
  • To respect the values, ideas and beliefs of others whilst not imposing their own
  • The ability to link the study of religion and beliefs to personal reflections on meaning and purpose.

Implementation

From the beginnings of religious education teaching in our EYFS, we endeavor to instill a sense of knowing about similarities of themselves and others. We also encourage pupils to understand that different people have different beliefs, attitudes, customs and traditions and why it is important to treat them with respect.

The teaching of religious education at Biggin Hill Primary Academy is carefully designed, planned and implemented to ensure that all pupils are challenged to fulfil their potential. Religious education lessons are rich in resources, vocabulary, questioning and content enabling them to develop mastery of the aims of the Agreed Syllabus.

Religious education is taught discretely in order to give depth and breadth to the curriculum area. Units of work throughout the school are progressive and build on key themes including: believing worship and festivals, belonging and caring for the world. Christianity is taught in every year group, developing children’s learning in a progressive way. Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are also introduced as the pupils move through the school to deepen understanding of all faiths.

All pupils are actively involved in a variety of religious services and acts of worship throughout their time at the Biggin Hill Primary Academy including; Harvest Festivals, Christingles, Easter services, Christmas Services.

Weekly ‘Open The Book’ assemblies are delivered by members of two local churches. These assemblies are interactive and re-enact Bible stories with a key focus of the underlying morals which enable the pupils to become better citizens.

Religious Education Skills

In line with the agreed syllabus the following skills are central to religious education and are reflected in learning opportunities at all key stages: investigation, interpretation, reflection, empathy, evaluation, analysis, synthesis, application, expression and collaboration.

Impact

The religious education curriculum is assessed against the following essential areas:

  • AT1: knowledge and understanding
  • AT2; reflection and response.

These areas are broken down into:

  • Beliefs and practices
  • Identity and purpose
  • Meaning and purpose.

The impact of the religious education curriculum is measured through regular book scrutinies, subject specific learning walks, teacher and pupil discussions and data analysis. The school leadership team, subject leaders and governors relentlessly drive the religious education curriculum forward and monitor it vigorously.

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