At APSoL we follow the Wandsworth Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Our RE curriculum includes planned visits to various religious buildings planned throughout the curriculum, for example, synagogue, church and mosque starting from Reception.
Intent (What do we want the children to learn and why? What knowledge and skills are taught?)
At APSoL, we understand that it is important all pupils learn from and about world religions, so that they can understand the world around them. Religious Education at APSoL is to help the children to acquire and develop knowledge of Christianity and other world religions represented in Great Britain. We aim for children to appreciate the way that different religious beliefs shape life and behaviour, develop their ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Through our RE lessons, we will encourage pupils to be inquisitive and ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. The curriculum is designed to foster imagination, enquiry, discussions and independence.
Implementation (How are we doing it? How are the pupils going to achieve the acquisition of knowledge? How does the curriculum delivery this?)
At APSoL we use the Wandsworth Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education as the foundation for our curriculum. RE is taught weekly in every year group by the class teachers. Following the appropriate long term plan in the Agreed Syllabus, the following religions have been selected for study:
From the syllabus it is required that:
In EYFS the learning outcomes are referenced to Christianity and as appropriate to a range of other beliefs and cultures.
In KS1, Christianity is studied, alongside one other religion in some depth.
In KS2, Christianity is studied, alongside two other religions in some depth.
When planning and delivering lessons, we make no presumptions on the religious backgrounds, beliefs and values of our children, families and staff. As a community, we treat all religions with respect and sensitivity; we value all religious backgrounds and encourage individuals to share their own experiences freely and without prejudice. We acknowledge that each religion studied can contribute to the education of all our pupils. We promote teaching in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible for both staff and children.
Major religious festivals are acknowledged, celebrated and taught through whole school assemblies e.g Diwali. Visits from religious figures are also encouraged, whether in person or over the internet. When appropriate, visits to important religious buildings are planned.
Impact (How do we evaluate what knowledge and skills pupils have gained against expectation?)
Pupils will engage with and enjoy learning about religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion. Children will be able to articulate the beliefs of different religions, and where appropriate, establish links between their own lives and those of others in their community and the wider world. The children will show tolerance and mutual respect for other religions and cultures and through their RE learning will begin to see our ROARR learning dispositions reflected in different religious figures.
Areas to investigate for 2021-2022
Collect pupil voice
RE floorbook – 1 per year group which starts in Year 1 and goes up with the class. The floorbook captures termly learning for every year group.