A curriculum designed for Lyme Community Primary School
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – CURRICULUM INTENT
Purpose of study
At Lyme Community Primary School, we recognise that Religious Education (RE) is an important opportunity to provide opportunities for our students Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.
School pays due regard to statutory requirements, and has taken account of the guidance offered by the LA through its SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education).
Lyme Community Primary School is a community school, therefore we deliver RE using the LA agreed syllabus - 'Searching for meaning' (Lancashire syllabus). Our aim is to ensure that pupils:
- Develop a knowledge and understanding of Christianity; its values and the impact on our local community and on our society today.
- Develop a knowledge and understanding of the other principle religious and non-religious belief traditions represented in Britain today.
- Learn to discriminate between those traditions, beliefs and practice that deserve respect, and practices and beliefs that can lead them into danger.
- Grow in their spiritual development.
- Develop a sense of awe, wonder and mystery.
- Develop skills and attitudes that will support their personal, moral, social and cultural development.
- Explore some questions of meaning and consider the different ways humankind has responded to them.
- Think about their beliefs and values in the light of the beliefs of others—both religious and non-religious—and the values of the school community.
As a Rights-Respecting School, we plan and deliver our RE curriculum with the articles of the UNCRC at the forefront; these are carefully mapped out throughout the year. By making the children aware of their rights, we aim to instill a tolerant, inquisitive attitude grounded in equality and an understanding of diversity. Our school community, and local area, does not provide our children with a wealth of multi-cultural experiences so we enhance our children’s experiences as much as possible making sure that across the year groups the children learn about Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism and other world faiths to gain knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the main beliefs, places of worship, signs and symbols and festivals in addition to discussing philosophical questions, such as ‘Does how we treat the workd matter?’ and 'How do people decide what to believe?'
Our children’s learning culminates in a World Religions assembly in which each year group presents their work; this gives time for them to make links and comparisons between religions in addition to taking an opportunity to develop oracy skills.
At Lyme, the children are given the opportunity to present their knowledge in a variety of ways using skills taught in English, mathematics, computing and art to develop more meaningful learning experiences. We believe children should be taught religious content through a variety of hands-on learning experiences to develop their understanding for example, handling religious artefacts or visiting a place of worship.
Our Religious Education is centred round core values (Trust, Friendship, Democracy, Diversity etc.) which provide the basis for assemblies and discussions. We believe that planning our collective worship in this way provides a meaningful starting point to share stories from the different faiths and think about skills and strategies for life.
At Lyme Community Primary School, in the Early Years, children are assessed against the EYFS age related criteria within the strand of Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Understanding of the World.
At KS1 & 2 we use objective statements to monitor individual pupil progress against the key stage expectations. The system assesses pupil progress against age appropriate descriptors; this enables teachers to monitor which pupils are working towards their age related expectations and who may be exceeding these goals. This information is then used to inform curriculum planning outlining how additional support or challenge can be provided in order to meet the needs of our pupils. This information is also used by teachers when reporting to parents.