At Half Acres Primary Academy, Religious Education is delivered through regular classroom lessons. The scheme of work on which we base our lessons is updated and amended in accordance with the Wakefield Agreed Syllabus. We aim to ensure that the Religious Education curriculum is challenging, engaging and relevant to pupils of all ages and abilities.
In addition to this assemblies are used as an opportunity to help children to reflect on their own experiences and to recognise and celebrate the values and beliefs of the whole community, both in school and the wider world. Visitors from different religious backgrounds and visits to places of worship further enhance the opportunities offered to our pupils.
It is our intention to enable our pupils to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of all major world religions and so contribute to their spiritual and moral development.
Lessons are planned in which children are taught to understand and respect the importance of religious beliefs in the world around them. Teachers plan units of work in which pupils are encouraged to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious) and provide opportunities which enable children to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs. Whenever possible, first hand experiences are provided to help develop pupils’ understanding. An example of this may be a visit to the local church to see or re-enact a baptism for infants. Links within a topic are also exploited eg. one Year 6 unit lends itself well to making explicit links with the treatment of the Jews by the Nazis as part of the World War II topic, Take One Picture.
Teachers have flexibility to decide whether lessons are taught discretely (on a week by week basis) or blocked as a wider theme. This may be seen at Christmas time when work about this Christian celebration is taught. Christian views and practices are referred to regularly to compare and contrast with beliefs in a range of other religions.
Assemblies and the Values Curriculum are used as an opportunity to share and examine faith stories, explore and celebrate focus weeks and festivals (e.g. Easter, Diwali) and observe ‘special days’ within Secular Britain (e.g. Mothering Sunday, Remembrance).
Leaders monitor the standard of teaching and learning in Religious Education as part of a planned monitoring programme. A comprehensive system by which teachers can capture, evaluate and record learning has been established by the RE Leader and is currently being implemented across school.