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King's Court First School

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Religious Education at King's Court

Our Vision

Religious Education for King’s Court children provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life and beliefs about God.  They will develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and help to challenge prejudice.  Our RE lessons will encourage empathy, generosity and compassion which allows them to embrace the diverse global community in which they live. 

Aims

At King’s Court, we aim for all children to develop their religious literacy.  This requires children to gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews. Our Religious Education Curriculum aims to support the emotional, spiritual and cultural growth of our pupils. Pupils are taught to respect each other's differences, and through RE they are able to explore those differences and similarities further through in-depth discussions about morality, beliefs and opinions about the wider world.

The non-statutory 2013 National Curriculum Framework for RE states that children should:

  • Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews

  • Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews

  • Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.

In addition to the above, we aim for our children at King’s Court to:

  • Develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally

  • Reflect on their own beliefs and sense of identity

  • Be discerning about the many attitudes and opinions they will encounter.

Implementation

At King’s Court, RE Lessons are planned and implemented according to the Pan-Berkshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. The syllabus is based on “big questions” relating to the three strands of RE: Belonging, Believing and Behaving.

 

The way in which these questions are approached can be differentiated from class to class, and is planned/implemented at the class teacher’s discretion. Due to the nature of the subject, the school’s development plan requires teachers to plan in opportunities for discussion in RE, so that pupils feel safe in expressing their own ideas, and have the chance to explore the opinions or beliefs of others. By the end of Key Stage One and Two, it is recommended that just ONE of the mandatory religions is studied alongside Christianity in each year group.

 

In the EYFS, pupil’s experiences of RE are experiential and thematic; focussing on national & international celebrations and experiencing the different ways people can celebrate holidays around the world.

R.E Curriculum

At King's Court we follow the Pan-Berkshire RE Syllabus, which enables pupils to gradually develop an understanding of belief systems around the world. The syllabus is based on “big questions” relating to the three strands of RE: Belonging, Believing and Behaving.

 

In their first year at King's Court, the children will be given opportunities to interact with Christianity and other religions through their continuous provisions. Continuous provisions in Early Years are regularly rotated, and are often 'themed' based on celebrations across the world to give the children a 'taster' of festivals such as Diwali, Christmas, Shrove Tuesday and Chinese New Year. The interaction that these pupils receive ensures that they have the chance to ask questions, discuss and experience these festivals in a practical, play based way. 

 

Once our children enter Key Stage One, their understanding of Religions across the world begin to develop through the teaching of Christianity and one other religion. Each session is carefully managed to ensure that pupils feel trusted and respected, with an emphasis being on discussion-based learning. 

In Key Stage Two, the pupils will continue their learning about Christianity and learn about two different religions (different to the one they learn about in Key Stage One.) This ensures that pupils leave King's Court with a broad, balanced understanding of Religious belief systems and are equipped with the appropriate skills and knowledge to form their own views about the world around them. 

 

ALL schools have the statutory obligation to teach Religious Education to ALL pupils. 

RE should be taught to all pupils in full-time education in schools, except for those withdrawn at the written request of their parents.

(Reference ‘Education Act’ 1944, ‘RE in English Schools: Non-Statutory Guidance 2010, DCSF)

Assessment

Assessments for R.E at King’s Court are made based on ‘Expected Outcomes’ set out by the Pan-Berkshire Agreed Syllabus. These outcomes can be evidenced in a variety of ways, and should be explored through discussions, writing, workshops, visitors and trips to ensure a broad and balanced experience of the subject.

 

 

Websites:

Religion and Worldviews: the way forward. A national plan for RE

What should young people learn about religious and non-religious worldviews in school?

Nobody Stands Nowhere

This new animated film by Emily Downe, created in partnership with Culham St Gabriel’s Trust and Canterbury Christ Church University, unpacks the idea of worldviews and invites the viewer to consider how their own unique view of the world might co–exist with other, sometimes quite different, vantage points held by those around them.

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