Intent, Implementation, Impact
The intent of teaching Religious Education at Andrews’ Endowed is to support and challenge pupils to reflect upon, develop and affirm their own beliefs, values and attitudes and those of others through an exploration of shared human experience and to understand the place and significance of religion in the contemporary world. We aim to engage our pupils in enquiring into, and exploring, questions arising from the study of religion and belief, so as to promote their personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
We provide learners with knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religious traditions and beliefs. We strive to encourage learners to develop a positive attitude towards other people who hold religious beliefs different from their own.
Our intent is achieved through an ‘exciting, creative, active and nurturing curriculum,’ which promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of children. Our scheme of work is in accordance with the Hampshire Agreed Syllabus alongside the programme, ‘Understanding Christianity,’ which progressively builds their understanding of significant theological concepts within Christianity with their own self-understanding and understanding of the world as part of their wider religious literacy.
All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links that can be made between home, school and a faith community. 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.
Our Religious Education Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. The syllabus is implemented in school through a sensory approach, where children may look at and handle religious artefacts, hear religious music or taste food from a religious tradition. Work in Religious Education builds on the pupils’ own experiences and uses contemporary issues to stimulate discussion.
Our RE curriculum is carefully planned using the Understanding Christianity Syllabus and the Living Difference Syllabus to provide children with the knowledge, skills and the opportunity to be challenged in their thinking to prepare them for their next stage of learning.
We measure the impact of our RE curriculum in the following ways:
- Discussions and interviews with children about their learning.
- Evidence of pupils work in their RE folders.
By the time our children leave Andrews’ Endowed CE Primary we would like them to be…
Theologians by exploring – Understand where beliefs come from and how they have changed, over time and question what we listen to and read.
Philosophers by engaging – To be able to discuss how and whether things make sense. To be able to consider their own personal responses and debate respectfully as to whether beliefs are right or wrong.
Human and Social Scientists by reflecting – Understand and have knowledge of different ways in which people practise their beliefs and how it impacts and compares on their life, community and to their beliefs.
We want our children to have the ability to hold balanced and informed conversations about religions and world views which is achieved by ensuring the above three elements are constantly interacting with one another within our curriculum.
Ultimately, we want to provide our children with the academic opportunities which enable them to gain the knowledge and skills to become, free thinking critically aware, compassionate adults.