Religious Education

R.E. at Barnehurst

Subject Intent 

At Barnehurst, RE is currently taught via the Bexley SACRE syllabus of 2014. We feel it is a subject which winds through many subject areas and affects our viewpoints and opinions on a wide range of topics, and as such forms a crucial foundation for building a diverse and rich school culture. Our aim is to provide children with the skills to ask challenging questions whilst accepting that people hold different beliefs.  

RE and SMSC co-exist and there are many areas of mutual learning to be explored. A person’s faith, or certainty about their own beliefs, underpins all four aspects. Our children should be equipped with the skills and knowledge to make these links: 

Spiritual:  Own belief in a faith, or developing an understanding of another person’s belief. 

Moral: How concepts of right and wrong are universal and yet each faith has different stories and texts which exemplify these. 

Social: Adherence to a shared set of rules which govern daily life. 

Cultural: Practices within a community or faith that form part of an identity. 

 We are enabling children to experience a broad and balanced curriculum which will:  

  • Promote deep thinking and encourage respectful attitudes towards others.    

  • Embrace diversity and tolerance through a secure understanding of different faiths.  

  • Ensure religious literacy and broaden subject knowledge.   

By the end of KS2, children should have: 

  • Encountered the 6 major world faiths in a variety of ways. E.g. visitors, workshops, handling artefacts, reading stories and independent research.  

  • Engaged with a wide range of faith stories and songs as well as celebrations and festivals. 

  • Developed an understanding of their own position with regards to faith. 

  • Developed the ability to ask thoughtful and appropriate questions as well as listen to the opinions of others. 

  • Offer carefully considered contributions to debates about philosophical and religious topics, challenging and respecting the opinions of others. 

In order for all of our children to achieve this, the school community will: 

  • Teach RE lessons which provide knowledge and understanding about all world faiths.  

  • Provide variety within lessons to appeal to a wide variety of learning styles, e.g. story-telling, drama, art and craft activities, and debates as well as written tasks. 

  • Develop experience days where children can question and engage with members of a particular faith. 

  • Organise visits to places of worship. 

  • Call upon the diversity and experience of the school community to assist with enriching the children’s access to world faiths. 

Our RE curriculum is currently under review as it has been re-developed by Bexley, and we aim to launch it for delivery in September 2021. As such, our long-term goal is to move away from retrieval of knowledge-based activities, towards a more active and immersive curriculum which equips all children with the ability to understand, and navigate confidently within, our community and the wider world. 

CPD will be taking place in the Summer term to enable teaching staff to make the change to the new curriculum. 

 

Subject Implementation 

At Barnehurst, our curriculum is progressive and encompasses Christianity and other major world faiths. Our RE curriculum follows the Bexley SACRE and as such is broadly Christian in nature. All year groups follow the same structure:  

Autumn 1 & 2 (including Christmas) - all teaching is about Christianity.  

Spring 1 & Summer 1 – teaching is about a world faith. Each year group is allocated a world faith to study.  It is expected that some recap of prior learning is done at the start of each Spring Term so that stories and key facts from world faiths are fresh in pupils’ minds. Making links across faiths in UKS2 will rely on this constant recall of prior learning.   

 

Year 1  

Year 2  

Year 3  

Year 4  

Year  5  

Year 6  

Judaism  

Hinduism  

Sikhism  

Buddhism   

Islam  

All plus BIG questions.  

  

Spring 2 – Christianity – Easter  

Summer 2 – Christianity – concept units.  

Each year group encounters units of work on Christmas and Easter which builds upon the learning of the previous year group. In year 6, we encourage debates on “Big Questions”, but making links across all faiths is embedded in all of our units of work.  

Knowledge Organisers are now in use to provide all children with access to the key skills and vocabulary needed to access the topic fully. 

Assessment within RE is linked to our building blocks. Teachers consider building blocks when planning and feedback to the RE curriculum leader. 

 

Subject Impact  

By the end of EYFS, children will have been introduced to key biblical figures of Noah, Moses and Jesus through stories and songs. Children will begin to recognise and express their own feelings and ask questions about the world in a sensible way.  

By the end of KS1, children will have experienced a range of stories and music from Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism.  They will have learned about some beliefs, practices and festivals from Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism. Children will be able to express opinions appropriately and understand the concept that they belong to an ever-increasing body of people which have shared rules and expectations.   

By the end of KS2, children will have built a knowledge base of the world faiths and be able to articulate their thoughts in a philosophical and respectful manner, showing tolerance of others’ beliefs. They will be beginning to make sense of their place in the world.   

Teachers will monitor and assess children’s knowledge and contributions to class discussions.