Religious Education Policy, July 2019
RE underpins the values and beliefs of everything we do in our school. As stated in the non-statutory guidance for Religious Education in 2010, ‘RE contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society.’ We believe in a holistic approach in teaching RE as it can make important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, and health education (PSHE). We set an example of passing on an awareness and appreciation of the Gospel values and support all members of our home, school, parish and local community, in the name of Jesus Christ by fostering true Christian attitudes in each person by creating a deeper understanding of his/her relationship with God.
Aims of Religious Education
Religious Education is an integral part of our daily school life and fulfils all legal requirements.
The aims of Religious Education are:
- To give every child the opportunity to explore, discover and respond to religions and beliefs.
- To gain an informed understanding of Religious Education through a range of experiences.
- To develop an awareness and appreciation of Catholic beliefs.
Objectives for Religious Education
The objectives of our RE curriculum are:
- To gain knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith.
- To know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews.
- To express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions.
- To explore key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth.
- To develop the skills required to reflect on religious beliefs.
- To develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of Catholic and other religious traditions.
- To provide opportunities for celebration, prayer and reflection.
Religious Education Programme
To fulfil our aims and objectives we use the 'Come and See' Programme of Religious Education recommended by the Archdiocese of Liverpool. We use this programme as a whole school approach from Reception to year 6. Come and See’s objective is to produce religiously literate young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills to reflect spiritually, think ethically and theologically and be aware or religious demands in everyday life.
Come and See Content Overview
Come and See is developed through three themes based on the documents of the Second Vatican Council, which are gradually explored each time in greater depths. These themes are; Church, Sacrament and Christian Living. Each topic is opened up through three sections: explore, reveal and respond.
See ‘Come and See’ topic overviews document on our school website Religious Education page for a further insight into each year groups topics. In addition to learning about the Catholic faith, the children have the opportunity to learn about Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam.
Religious Education Inclusion
We teach RE to all children. Our teachers provide learning opportunities matched to the individual needs of children with any additional learning needs. For more able pupils, teachers will provide additional opportunities to take responsibility, develop leadership skills, think creatively and use their talents for the good of the class or the wider community. Within the ‘Come and See’ programme, teacher’s tailor and differentiate lessons to suit individual children using SEND resources provided by the ‘Come and See’ scheme.
Teaching and Learning
Ten percent of curriculum teaching time is set aside for Religious Education. This is approximately two and a half hours per week for each Key Stage and this is clearly indicated on class timetables.
Role of the Teacher
- To plan engaging and interactive lessons using ‘Come and See.
- To assess children’s learning using formative and informative strategies.
- To be non-judgmental and sensitive to views and opinions.
- To encourage and challenge.
- To respond sensitively to pupils background and experiences.
- To create a safe learning environment and to enable pupils to respond appropriately.
Our teaching is further reinforced through our assemblies as part of a whole school approach with a focus on attitudes, values. Catholic Life and celebrating success. We offer children the opportunity to hear visiting speakers (multi faith assemblies and workshops, charities including CAFOD) to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive local community.
Role of the co-ordinator
- To plan and co-ordinate the implementation of Religious Education.
- To establish monitoring and evaluation strategies.
- To monitor, assess and report on all aspects of Religious Education.
- To keep up to date with requirements and advice from Diocese.
- To attend relevant training and improve skills and knowledge.
- To update staff with any information/training for Religious Education.
- To liaise with parents and the wider community on aspects related to RE.
- To provide staff development to support the implementation of RE.
Evaluation, Assessment, Monitoring and Reporting
Assessment, recording, reporting and monitoring of Religious Education meets current requirements and we adhere to the new Diocesan guidelines.
Parish links and the wider community
The community in our school, our parish and in our local community provide the context for our Religious Education curriculum. The school will regularly take account of community issues and seek to include them within appropriate teaching and learning experiences through Collective Worship, assemblies, workshops, visits, school mass, family mass and Church links.
The Governing Body
The Governing body recognise their responsibility to ensure Religious Education is taking place within school and are following the set curriculum for ‘Come and See’ and any guidance given. Our designated governor for Religious Education and Collective Worship is Ms Pat Peel.