Welcome to our Religious Education page! RE develops children's knowledge and understanding of religious and non-religious worldviews and it provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life. It teaches pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs and helps to challenge prejudice. It prompts pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to the wider society. It encourages open mindedness, empathy, generosity and compassion.
Intent, Implementation, Impact
We believe it is important for all pupils to learn from and about religion, because this contributes to an understand the world around them. The aim of Religious Education is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. Our bespoke RE curriculum provides opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, develops children’s self-identity and belonging and encourages a respect for all, including those with differing faiths. We encourage our children to ask questions about the world around them and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences.
Our school follows a programme of study formulated by Sunderland Council and the Standing Advisory Committee on Religious Education (SACRE). Our teachers have adapted the SACRE document to Grangetown. Our curriculum ensures the careful sequencing of knowledge and understanding, across and between yeargroups. It builds in the development of childrens’ critical thinking and enables age-appropriate personal reflection and discussion.
Our RE curriculum includes half termly overviews of content for each year group. This is then added to medium term planning which details any cross curricular links, special visits and visitors.
Within each key stage, the children will learn about two religions, with Christianity being one of the core religions studied in each year group.
- Key Stage One: Christianity and Buddhism
- Lower Key Stage 2: Christianity and Sikhism
- Upper Key Stage 2: Christianity, Judaism and Islam
Class teachers have the autonomy to decide when RE is taught, whether that be in a block, a weekly slot or a dedicated day per half term.
Through learning about a range of religions, our children are able to build positive and tolerant attitudes towards other religions and develop an understanding of cultural beliefs which might be different to their own.
This generates respectful behaviour towards other religions and cultures, and this in turn is transferable outside of school into the wider community.
Our RE curriculum enables the children to develop their critical thinking skills - they are taught to express their own views about matters, give plausible reasons for their thinking and show an understanding of differing views.
We also measure the impact of RE through:
- Children’s understanding, knowledge and skills - are assessed through observation, discussion, questioning and written work.
- Discussions with the children about their learning.
- Monitoring by RE subject leader of books and content taught.
Our RE Policy
Our RE Policy is here.
Long Term Planning
Our Long Term Planning for RE is here.
Medium Term Planning
We are currently working on the content and sequencing of our curriculum, so that there is absolute clarity as to the knowledge and skills taught within each 'unit of work'. As part of this, we are ensuring careful progression, so that the knowledge and skills taught in one term or year build upon what has been previously taught, and prepare pupils for future learning. As we complete each part of this work, the planning will be posted on this page.
Medium Term planning at Grangetown has also been expressed in the form of 'contexts for learning'. For examples, see here (link to be added). This will continue, but these will be underpinned not only by our Long Term Planning but also be carefully sequenced content i.e. knowledge and skills.
The RE Curriculum in Action
Visit to Buddhist Temple
In June 2021, Year 1 visited the Dhammakaya Meditation Centre in Hebburn. Our children and staff received a warm welcome, and they enjoyed learning about different aspects of Buddhism.