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Lowca Community School Religious Education Aims and Vision

Vision

RE is key to helping young people grow up in today’s multi-faith, diverse and connected world.  RE aims to give pupils opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of religion and beliefs and to contribute to the development of their own beliefs and values. Children and young people have an entitlement to receive RE at all Key Stages.  Everyone has their unique view of the world and RE is about exploring these views. RE can be taught using exciting and rigorous methodologies by teachers with a variety of backgrounds and viewpoints in a way that is relevant to all pupils.

Intent

Aims

The aims of RE are to enable young people to be:

A. INFORMED Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can:

  • describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals;
  • identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews;
  • appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.

B. EXPRESSIVE Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can:

  • explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities;
  • express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including spiritual and ethical issues
  • appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion or a worldview

C. ENQUIRING AND REFLECTIVE Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they can:

  • investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively;
  • enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all;
  • articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other’s lives.

Implementation

Lowca follows the study of religions shown in the table below Please see our policy and scheme of work for more details

Foundation StageLearners experience enquiry based RE related activities from a range of world religions to contribute to the Foundation Stage curriculum requirements.
KS1ChristianityBuddhism IslamKnowledge of aspects of other religions and world views. 
KS2ChristianityThe same world religions as above.JudaismKnowledge of aspects of other religions and world views, especially those with a local presence.

Impact

 What will be the resulting outcomes?

A: Know about and understandAt the end of KS1 pupils  will be able to:At the end of KS2 pupils  will be able to:
A1. Describe, explain and analyse beliefs, and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities.Recall and name different beliefs and practices, including festivals, worship, rituals and ways of life, in order to find out about the meanings behind them.Describe and make connections between different features of the religions and worldviews they study, discovering more about celebrations, worship, pilgrimages and the rituals which mark important points in life, in order to reflect on their ideas.
A2. Identify, investigate and respond to questions posed by, and responses offered by, some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews.Retell and suggest meanings to some religious and moral stories, exploring and discussing sacred writings and sources of wisdom and recognising the communities from which they come.Describe and understand links between stories and other aspects of the communities they are investigating, responding thoughtfully to a range of sources of wisdom and to beliefs and teachings that arise from them in different communities.
A3. Appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.Recognise some different symbols and actions which express a community’s way of life, appreciating some similarities between communities.Explore and describe a range of beliefs, symbols and actions so that they can understand different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
B: Express and communicateAt the end of KS1 pupils will be able to:At the end of KS2 pupils will be able to:
B1. Explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities.Ask and respond to questions about what communities do, and why, so that they can identify what difference belonging to a community might make.Observe and understand varied examples of religions and worldviews so that they can explain, with reasons, their meanings and significance to individuals and communities.
B: Express and communicateAt the end of KS1 pupils will be able to:At the end of KS2 pupils will be able to:
B2. Express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value.Observe and recount different ways of expressing identity and belonging, responding sensitively for themselves.Understand the challenges of commitment to a community of faith or belief, suggesting why belonging to a community may be valuable, both in the diverse communities being studied and in their own lives.
B3. Appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion.Notice and respond sensitively to some similarities between different religions and worldviewsObserve and consider different dimensions of religion, so that they can explore and show understanding of similarities and differences between different religions and worldviews.

The content in Aims A and B of this progression grid are the vehicle through which the skills in Aim C will be developed.

C: Gain and deploy skillsAt the end of KS1 pupils will be able to:At the end of KS2 pupils will be able to:
C1. Find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively.Explore questions about belonging, meaning and truth so that they can express their own ideas and opinions in response using words, music, art or poetry.Discuss and present their own and others’ views on challenging questions about belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, applying ideas of their own thoughtfully in different forms including (e.g.) reasoning, music, art and poetry.
C2. Enquire into what enables different communities to live together respectfully for the well-being of all.Find out about and respond with ideas to examples of co-operation between people who are different.Consider and apply ideas about ways in which diverse communities can live together for the well-being of all, responding thoughtfully to ideas about community, values and respect.
C3. Articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain reasons why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.Find out about questions of right and wrong and begin to express their ideas and opinions in response.Discuss and apply their own and others’ ideas about ethical questions, including ideas about what is right and wrong and what is just and fair, and express their own ideas clearly in response.