R.E. Intent Statement (created with teachers)
Within R.E we help our children to respect the diversity of all faiths and beliefs within our school community. We strive for children to develop awareness of the similarities of the religions we study across the school and celebrate the first hand experiences of our community. We explore a variety of festivals and their significance to people across a number of faiths. The significance of R.E to our school community is reflected in our use of educational visits to places of worship spanning across a number of faiths. The subject is a vessel for teaching our children identity and belonging as they each develop their own moral code in line with their personal faith or belief system.
At our academy, we wish for good quality R.E. lessons to be taught across the whole school. We teach RE lessons that cover a range of themes and religions. We teach that whilst some may follow a religion; others may not.
Children will develop key skills, such as:
- recognising values we believe in
- finding similarities in other religions/practices to foster understanding (a key British Value)
Artefacts are used in lessons to deepen children’s learning and familiarise them with objects from a range of practices as well as to generate curiousity.
We add to our RE lessons by ensuring pupils hear from visitors or visit a place of worship - each year group visits a different place of worship each year. It is through such experiences that pupils realise the special features of another religion and the commonalities that exist too.
We also have festival assemblies performed by particular year groups but parents from across the whole academy are welcome to attend. We usually have food and drink to accompany too!
We always end the year with a Celebration of Culture that recognises the value of each of us in the Wood End Park Community.
RE Subject Lead: Mr Craig Livingstone