RE Curriculum Statement
At Humberstone Infant and Junior Academy Religious Education (RE) is tailored to reflect and celebrate our diverse school community. We follow the Leicestershire agreed syllabus and RE is planned in units that pose big questions (e.g. “What can we learn from religions about deciding right from wrong?” and “What does it mean to belong to a faith community?”) that encourage children to explore and develop their knowledge and understanding about religions and worldviews in local, national and global context and to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions.
We equip pupils with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. In line with our whole school Oracy policy, pupils will develop the skills to engage in dialogue so that they can participate positively in society with its diverse religions and worldviews. They will learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.
The Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus provides a clear structure for planning effective RE. This ensures that RE allows pupils to explore and enquire into key questions, achieve appropriate outcomes and explore relevant RE material in an engaging manner in order to ensure progression in the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, cultural capital and an appreciation of diverse religions and worldviews. RE is taught through one lesson a week and whole afternoons in-line with key religious festivals, using engaging activities that include drama, role play, discussion, creativity and enquiry. In addition, children participate in special assemblies and community circles across the school year to further discuss and celebrate religious festivals in line with when they are celebrated.
We hold a family night to celebrate Diwali, which is always well attended and enjoyed by all. The KS2 children perform the story of Rama and Sita, and perform traditional dances, and food is served by the staff. Christmas is celebrated through various performances, including nativity plays in KS1 and KS2, and a visit to St Mary’s by the F2 children where they sing christmas songs and learn about the christmas story from the Vicar. At Eid, we invite families to enjoy traditional treats.
As well as the many celebrations we enjoy at school, children are encouraged to learn about different faiths and beliefs by learning to think about and answer challenging questions like: What does it mean to belong to a faith community? Why do people pray? What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong? And If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship.
The impact of our RE curriculum is measured by assessing children’s understanding through book scrutinies and pupil interviews that focus on the pupil’s learning and the quality of their subject knowledge. It is also reflected in the school’s culture where children willingly and eagerly learn about and engage in a range of religious festivals at school each year.
By the time the children have completed their rich and diverse education at Humberstone Infant and Junior Academy they will:
- Have a deep knowledge and understanding of the main religious beliefs and views, locally, nationally and across the world.
- Have the knowledge and skills to develop and articulate their own views, values and beliefs
- Confidently apply their Oracy skills to discuss a variety of beliefs, views and cultures using their prior learning.
- Show respect to others who have different views.
- Well rounded individuals who can confidently and readily engage with people from all walks of life.