POLICY FOR THE TEACHING OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION INTRODUCTION

POLICY FOR THE TEACHING OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

INTRODUCTION

 

What is Religious Education?

 

Religious Education is a statutory subject of the Basic Curriculum, in all school, for all pupils.   Religious Education is part of a broader process of education, which helps children to make sense of the world and how they relate to it.  It is a subject, which contributes to the spiritual, moral and social development of the child and helps them to sort out their own personal values and beliefs and a sensitivity to those of others.

The Aims of Religious Education

 

The following aims have been drawn up bearing in mind the organisation and philosophy of Golftyn C.P. and are clearly related to the Flintshire Agreed Syllabus Religious Education in our school should help children to:-

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs and practices.
  • Appreciate the religious views on ultimate questions, moral issues and contemporary concerns.
  • Make informed judgements and develop beliefs, values and patterns of behaviour which will give meaning and purpose to life.
METHOD OF DELIVERY

 

If pupils are to achieve an appreciation of religion and it’s influence on peoples lives they need to develop certain skills and attitudes.   Our school’s programme for Religious Education aims to cover the skills and attitudes as stated in the Agreed Syllabus.

Learning experiences in Religious Education should not be just ‘knowledge’ and pupil activities’ but include tasks and experiences that develop the skills and attitudes, allow for the consideration of religious concepts and the personal exploring and responding to shared human

experiences.

  • The infant classes will be taught Religious Education through a mixture of cross curricular themes and specific Religious Education topics delivered half termly (over a two year cycle).
  • The Junior classes will be taught Religious Education through specific Religious Education topics delivered termly over a one year cycle.

At both Key Stages our programme for Religious Education will be delivered through the Nelson – Living Religions Scheme.   This will form the main structure of our teaching of Christianity and the other chosen religions, and the content of the scheme will be related to the Programmes of study and attainment targets of the Agreed Syllabus.

Alongside this scheme the children will have the opportunity to study traditional Bible stories from the Old and New Testament.

At Key Stage 1 the bible stories will be chosen from the Lions First Children’s Bible.  At Key Stage 2, stories from the Old Testament will be studied as part of the BBC Educational Series – Testament – The Bible in Animation.   Stories from the New Testament will be studied from various other Bibles.

CURRICULUM TIME

 

At Key Stage One all classes will allocate on average forty five minutes per week to the teaching of Religious Education.

At Key Stage Two all classes will allocate on average one hour per week to the teaching of Religious Education.

This allocation of time for Religious Education does not include time given to Collective Worship.

 

THE RELIGIONS INTRODUCED

 

In accordance with the Education Reform Act of 1988 and the Flintshire Agreed Syllabus for R.E., it is our school’s principal responsibility to help pupils to understand Christianity and a variety of other beliefs, customs and values of different cultures in order to appreciate the part that faith plays in life.

The pupils will be introduced to the Christian tradition, which will be the main religion studied and at least three other religions.

At Key Stage One the children will study Christianity and  Judaism

 

At Key Stage Two the children will study Christianity and

  • Hinduism in the lower juniors (Years 3 & 4)
  • Judaism in the upper juniors (Years 5 & 6)

Examples from other religions may also be introduced by way of example or discussion for a particular purpose within a topic study, but which will be presented in a structured and developmental way.

 

RIGHTS OF WITHDRAWAL

 

Under the 1988 Act, parents do have the right to withdraw their children.  At Golftyn it is hoped that this will only be after full discussion with the Headteacher and Religious Co-ordinator.

Parents who do finally choose to withdraw their children may be asked to provide alternative learning materials that they find acceptable.

It is never the intention of work in our school to undermine or question the religious beliefs of pupils or their families but to allow for personal development and fulfilment in keeping with the purposes of education as a whole.

 

LINKS WITH OTHER SUBJECTS

 

Religious Education, because of its nature, content and processes, touches every other subject on the curriculum, bringing to those subjects a new perspective and approach.   This also means that religious and moral issues will arise in the natural work and discussion of other curriculum areas.

Efforts will be made to ensure balance in these links and with the contribution of Religious Education to cross curricular themes, dimensions and competencies.  Through work and discussion in R.E. pupils will be encouraged to express themselves clearly both orally and in written form, and to develop their reading skills.   Use of correct grammar, spelling and punctuation will be encouraged.

 

CURRICULUM CYMRAEG

 

Where possible examples and illustrations deriving from the history, culture, religion and language of Wales should be included in Religious Education Work, and these are incorporated in our scheme of work.

 

PUPILS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS

 

Pupils of all abilities should be provided for in the planning of Religious Education lessons and activities and be encouraged to work within levels of competence.  Differentiation of tasks and activities should take place so that every pupil can achieve and be helped to move on as their ability and experience enables.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

All pupils regardless of gender, culture or religious background, should participate fully in Religious Education lessons and activities (unless withdrawn by parental request).  Work should be planned and resources provided that take account of the variety of denominations and view points within the religious traditions studied and of the role and impact of men, women and children.

 

CONTINUITY AND PROGRESSION

 

It is vital that our scheme of work for Religious Education endeavours to ensure a sensitive progression from Key Stage to Key Stage, and within each key stage curricular planning should also take account of monitoring and review strategies to enhance continuity and progression.

ASSESSMENT ARRANGEMENTS

 

Assessment procedures in Religious Education will be in accordance with our schools policy on assessment.  Parents will receive an annual written report on their child’s progress and achievement in Religious Education an on arranged parents’ consultation evenings.