Religious Education is taught as part of a cross-curricular approach. Through this, we aim to promote the spiritual, moral, and cultural development of all pupils. Religious Education is a compulsory subject and forms part of the national curriculum.
RE aims to provide a clearer idea of what religion is about, the importance that it plays in many people’s lives and how that faith is expressed in their daily lives and routine.
Another key aim is to ensure that children have the opportunities to choose what they want to believe and respect the views and values of others, even if they differ from their own.
Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from RE. Where parents are wishing to exercise this right, a letter is required to be given to the class teacher and head teacher stating their request. Therefore, alternative arrangements and activities can be made for the child in question during that time of learning. However, we do emphasise that we respect the individual child’s own religious or worldviews and encourage children to maintain and express these in a safe, open environment.
At the Academy of Cuxton School we aim to deliver the following-
. To bring learners into contact with and provoke challenging questions.
. To provide a safe and secure setting in which learners can explore and develop their own beliefs and understanding of major religious and spiritual concepts and ideas.
.To provide a supportive context that enables learners to develop and build a good sense of identity and belonging.
. To enable learners to develop understanding, respect and empathy for others of different beliefs and practices, and to be able to challenge and overcome prejudice.
. To enable learners to consider, understand and live up to their responsibilities towards themselves, their families, society and a possible higher authority.
The overarching approach within the curriculum is that of developing skills of enquiry – of encouraging pupils and students to ask and to be supported towards discovering a range of answers and responses to these questions.
Teaching Religious Education
EYFS- Religious Education is recommended to be taught for the equivalent of 30 minutes per week.
KS1- Religious Education is expected to be taught for 45 minutes per week.
KS2- Religious Education is expected to be taught for 1 hour per week.
Children are expected to record any work or evidence in their ‘Everything Books’. Assessment is carried out in the form of termly book reviews to ensure that there is progression of skills and knowledge throughout both key stages. Also, children are asked three times a year to give their feedback about what they enjoyed and what they feel could be improved. RE progress is also reported to parents through the end of year report.
Religious Education must be provided for all registered pupils in full time education except those withdrawn at their parents’ request (or their own request if aged 18 or over). (DfEE Circular 1/94, paragraphs 44 & 49; School Standards and Framework Act 1998, S19; Non- Statutory Guidance, DfE 2010, p.28)
Health, Safety and Well-Being
Visits to places of worship and other RE related venues are encouraged as an important part of developing a child’s understanding of the role religion plays in communities. Prior to all visits, staff will carry out a formal risk assessment, if necessary, visiting the venue prior to creating the risk assessment.
Staff will ensure that the context of the learning that will take place during the visit, will not undermine a child’s own faith or challenge their belief and will only be presenting a knowledge base about a faith.
Permission will be sought from parents/carers for each child to attend the visit. We
acknowledge the sensitivity that some families may have with regard to their child visiting another place of worship, staff must ensure that they do all they can to assure parents and encourage pupil participation.