Religious Education: RE
Religious Education (RE) Vision (Subject Lead: Miss C. Vernon)
At Alexandra Junior School, we aim to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths, and address the fundamental questions in life, for example, the meaning of life and the existence of a divine spirit. We enable children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions, especially Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and faiths of children within our school. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. At Alexandra Junior School, Religious Education plays an important part, in association with other subjects, in promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We help the children learn from religions as well as about religions. Integrated within our daily life is our Alexandra Promise to our pupils and our school context-based drivers, the 5Es (Excel yourself, Embrace yourself, Explore the world, Engage with others, Express yourself).
At Alexandra Junior School, we follow the Stoke agreed syllabus for Religious Education 2016-2021 which states, ‘The principal aim for RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.’ (Stoke On Trent, Agreed Syllabus 2016-2021 Pg 6)
We understand that every child has the right to an education (as in accordance in with UNCRC article 28). The teaching of Religious Education will fulfil the children’s rights.
Our principal aims for RE are to enable children to:
- Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews
- Develop an understanding of religious traditions and to appreciate the cultural differences in Britain today
- Develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues, with reference to the teachings of the principles religions represented in Great Britain
- Develop a positive attitude towards other people, respecting their right to hold different beliefs from their own, and towards living in a society of diverse religions
- Enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by developing an awareness of the fundamental questions of life
We welcome you to review the Intent and Implementation documents to see how the R.E. curriculum is put into practice.
Subject Lead Statement
I would like to introduce myself as Miss Vernon, Religious Education (RE) lead here at Alexandra Junior School. During their time at the Junior School, we expect your child to build and extend their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews. We encourage the children to be curious and ask increasingly challenging questions about religion, belief, values and human life. We enable children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions, especially Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and faiths of children within our school. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding.
Our teaching enables children to extend their own sense of values and promotes their spiritual growth and development. We encourage children to think about their own views and values in relation to the themes and topics studied in the RE curriculum.
As part of my role as subject lead, I take great pride in talking to the children about their own religious views (if applicable) and they take great pride in sharing it with myself and their peers. I have built up strong links with local places of worship and am broadening this even further so the children have more opportunities to visit places of worship.
It is lovely to hear all about the children’s learning in their RE lessons. The children speak very highly of their lessons and enjoy sharing what they have learnt with others. They take great pride in their work and this is shown through the floor books which are produced to showcase their work.
To ensure that high standards are maintained, I regularly monitor the children’s learning. This is in the form of floor book scrutinies, pupil interviews, lesson observations and by looking at the assessment which is done at the end of each unit.