Religious Education at Cordwalles Junior School provides children with the opportunity to reflect on and learn from the faiths and beliefs of those around them. We hope to provide opportunities for children in our schools to learn about the beliefs and practises people base their lives on, encouraging respect for those around us. We believe that Religious Education should foster positive attitudes towards others while also enhancing students' spiritual and moral development in an environment where children can grow without prejudice. It should promote community cohesion as well as global interaction, preparing children for an evolving environment.
At Cordwalles Junior School, we believe that learning about different religious traditions and values provides a valuable educational, social, and cultural experience for our pupils. We believe that the teaching of RE should develop positive attitudes towards others and enhance pupils’ own spiritual and moral development in an environment where children can grow without prejudice. Our curriculum is based upon the National Curriculum and Surrey SACRE (Surrey Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education).
At Cordwalles Junior School, we strive to provide engaging and informative lessons enabling pupils to achieve their potential and contribute successfully to society. The RE curriculum is a broad and varied curriculum where we deliver lessons in a variety of formal and less formal ways. We have an excellent selection of artefacts for all religious education teaching units readily available to support our lessons. We also use a range of videos and visitors to help share first hand experiences. At Cordwalles Junior School, our RE curriculum has links with art, drama, geography, PSHE, science and English.
At Cordwalles Junior School, we envision the RE curriculum impacting the children in the following ways:
explore, gather, select, and organise ideas about religion and belief
investigate and describe similarities and differences within and between religions and beliefs
comment on connections between questions, beliefs, values and practices, drawing on key texts when appropriate
suggest meanings for a range of forms of expression, using appropriate vocabulary
describe the impact of beliefs and practices on individuals, groups and communities, locally, nationally and globally
By the end of key stage 2, pupils are expected to know, understand and apply skills related to the two attainment targets and learning themes embedded with the Surrey agreed Syllabus. Assessment criteria has been developed in line with the expectations laid out in the Agreed Surrey Syllabus, to enable teachers to assess the progress of the children as they move through key stage 2.
What a ‘typical’ lesson looks like:
Teaching & Learning
At Cordwalles Junior School, children develop their understanding of Christianity and aspects of Judaism and Islam, and are introduced to aspects of Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. Each year group also explores at least one additional study unit where they explore moral, ethical and philosophical issues.
RE is taught for 1 hour every week. Following the Surrey Guidance, children at Cordwalles Junior school explore Christianity for approximately 90 hours and explore Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism for approximately 48 hours.
From July 2015, all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views. Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves. Many of the things we already do in school through the RE curriculum will help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy. These include:
- Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity
- Challenging prejudices and racist comments
- Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils
FREE resources for you and your pupils (natre.org.uk)
Religious Studies KS1: Religions of the World - BBC Teach
BBC Two - My Life, My Religion - Clips
RE Definitions (re-definitions.org.uk)
Knowledge - RE:ONLINE (reonline.org.uk)
Primary RE Factsheets | Diocese of Guildford (cofeguildford.org.uk)