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Religious Education (RE) Policy

Background

Religious Education (RE) is not a National Curriculum subject, but must be taught to all learners as part of the Basic Curriculum.  As RE is not nationally determined, the Local Education Authority must provide an Agreed Syllabus for us to follow.  It is this North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education which we have used as the basis of our planning and delivery of RE.

RE is concerned with ‘learning about religions’ and ‘learning from religions’ and it is not the practice of this school to preach to or convert the children.

Values and Aims 

Religious Education at Brompton Hall is based upon our caring ethos and the value which we place on the development of the whole child; spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually is reflected in the RE curriculum.

We aim to enable learners of whatever ability and level of development to:

  • acquire and development knowledge and understanding of principal world faiths practiced in Great Britain. These include Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
  • develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities and societies and cultures.
  • develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues with reference to the teachings of the principal religions.
  • enhance their own spiritual, moral, cultural and social development by: 
      • developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life arising from human experiences, and how religious beliefs and practices can relate to them.
      • responding to the fundamental questions of life in the light of their experience and with reference to religious beliefs and practice.
      • reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study.
      • expressing their own personal viewpoints in a thoughtful, reasoned and considerate way.
      • recognise the right of people to hold different beliefs within a religiously diverse society.

Teaching and Learning

Schemes of work are planned, developed and taught both to impart knowledge and develop understanding of religious experiences, feelings and attitudes through a variety of teaching and learning approaches.

The teaching of RE involves some direct teaching and whole class, group, paired or individual activities.  A range of teaching styles will be used including enquiry, exploration, discussion, role-play, drama, asking and answering questions, using a range of sources including ICT, works of art, artefacts, visits and visitors.

Assessment, Recording and Reporting

The Agreed Syllabus sets out a structure for recognising learner achievements and each learner can work progressively towards achieving the statements of attainment for each Key Stage.

The school’s agreed marking policy is used across all RE lessons. Through activities, for example, discussion with learners, group activities, marking and guiding their work, observing, displaying work, asking and answering questions, teachers are continually finding out about their learners’ achievements. This information is then recorded against the statements of attainment and shared with the learners, who are actively involved in their own assessment and target setting. Regular tasks involving peer and self-marking allows pupils to identify their own strengths and areas for improvement in relation to the statements of attainment.

School reports are sent home at the end of each term sharing the objectives covered and the progress each learner has made towards achieving them.