The purpose of RE at Parklands Primary School is to engage pupils in exploring and responding to challenging questions raised by religion and worldviews.
Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage focuses on exploration of artefacts and stories through continuous provision, linking particularly to the Early Learning Goal of ‘Exploring the World’. While Key Stage 1 builds upon these stories, gaining knowledge of key religions, their beliefs and festivals, the Key Stage 2 curriculum requires children to ask and answer bigger questions about the world, revisiting and applying their knowledge of worldviews.
The ‘spiral’ design of the curriculum allows for the children to become religiously literate, laying the foundations for a progression of knowledge, understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to questions. Inclusive teaching and learning, during both RE lessons and collective worship, allows children to gain a broad knowledge of major religions and worldviews reflected in the local, national and wider global community.
RE at Parklands Primary School aims to help all pupils to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and behaviour and develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues. RE will also enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Their acquired learning, through teaching and first-hand experience from religious visitors and trips, will enable pupils to combat prejudice, preparing them for adult life, employment and life-long learning.
Every child at Parklands has a right to share their beliefs, religions and/or worldviews and to respect those of others too. Our RE curriculum follows the Havering scheme of work, which aims to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and achieve. It promotes pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepares children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. It is underpinned by the school’s core values.
RE at Parklands offers a safe and secure space during curriculum time for reflection, discussion and debate, allowing children to build their reasoning and cognitive skills.
Organisation and planning
RE will be taught through:
Our long and medium term plans ensure that there is progression throughout the school and that children are building upon knowledge learnt in previous years. The topics are designed so that pupils develop knowledge and understanding of the principal religions in the UK and Christianity is taught as a core religion in both key stages.
Our Local Authority based scheme of work ensures that pupils have encountered and explored the religions through the EYFS and Key Stages 1 and 2. We use a combination of teaching RE through the creative curriculum and as a separate subject, depending on the material which has to be covered.
Short term planning of individual lessons is organised by the class teacher. The RE Subject Lead is available to help with this. When planning each unit of work the teacher will identify which parts of the programme of study are to be the focuses. The work planned must be relevant to the needs of all pupils.
Roles and responsibilities
Head of School
The governing board will approve the RE policy, and hold the head teacher to account for the implementation of this.
The RE lead (Miss Brogan and Miss Cockerton) is responsible for:
Staff are responsible for:
Pupils are expected to engage fully in RE and to treat others with respect and understanding during discussions and debates. Pupils are expected to work to their full potential and demonstrate clearly their knowledge and understanding of each lesson.
Parents’ right to withdraw
At this school it is our practice to talk to parents to ensure that they understand the aims and value of the RE curriculum before honouring the right of withdrawal from RE. Any parent who wishes to withdraw their child is expected to consult the head teacher.
Parents hold the right to withdraw their children from RE on the grounds that they wish to provide their own religious education. (School Standards and Framework Act 1998 S71 (3)). This will be the parents’ responsibility.
The training of RE is included in our continuing professional development (CPD) calendar and whole school training needs are included in action plans. Our school ensures they are kept informed of relevant changes to aspects of RE by regularly attending LA meetings. The RE lead (Miss Brogan and Miss Cockerton) is also always available to provide support and advice should members of staff require this.
Monitoring & Assessment
The delivery of RE is monitored by the RE lead through:
This is to ensure the following:
In Early Years, children are assessed against EYFS Development Matters in Nursery and Reception against Understanding the World (UW).
Teacher assessment is carried out on an ongoing basis using the Target Tracker assessment programme. The Class Teachers are responsible for the day-to-day organisation of the curriculum. They monitor the weekly lesson plans, ensuring that all classes are taught the full requirements of the agreed schemes of work, and that all lessons have appropriate learning objectives. This policy is monitored by Parklands Primary SLT and will be reviewed every year by staff.