At Furze we believe that Religious Education has a significant impact on the development of pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and it is our intent for Religious Education to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage pupils by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to explore different religious beliefs, values and traditions. In RE children will have the opportunity to answer challenging questions, explore different beliefs, values and traditions and develop an understanding of the traditions, beliefs and practices followed in our multi-cultural society using an enquiry approach. We want them to know that Religious Education has a significant role in promoting respect and open mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs.
Religious Education offers our children the means by which to understand and respect how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way.
At Furze we plan using the Barking and Dagenham Agreed Syllabus which is taught in weekly Religious Education lessons. Taking into account the guidance and requirements of the Agreed Syllabus it has been agreed that the following religions are selected for study at Furze:
We value the religious backgrounds of all members of the school community and hope that this encourages individuals to share their own experiences freely. All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links which are, and can be made, between home, school and faith communities. We encourage and promote open enquiry and first hand experiences wherever possible for staff and children through visits to Places of Worship and by inviting visitors into school. We acknowledge that each religion studied can contribute to the education of all our pupils.
Collective worship is completed daily in class and occurs twice in the week during whole school assemblies . All pupils engage in meditation and mindfulness daily straight after lunch.
In order to teach our Religious Education all year groups will focus on a Big Themes or a Big Question.
In Reception the Big Themes are:
Stories and what they tell us.
Celebrating special times.
Aspects of Identity and relationships
In Key Stage One there is a focus on a Big Question each year:
Year One: What does it mean to belong?
Year Two: Can stories change people?
Each unit of work will include a sequence of learning which will clearly state what the pupils have learned in the previous year and what they will learn in the following year. This will show how the children build upon the learning each year. By building on their Religious Education knowledge each year pupils will be able to reflect upon their previous learning to develop their knowledge further. Throughout the units of work for Religious Education children will have opportunities to learn through a range of media e.g. drama, art, music, with the teacher as the facilitator. They will explore key vocabulary during their Religious Education lesson and explore the meanings of new vocabulary.