Religious Education

Intent

The purpose of Religious Education at Bradford Academy is to develop our learners own thinking and understanding of the world’s main religions, with a focus on Christianity.  The subject explores significant theological concepts within Christianity as part of developing pupil’s wider religious, theological and cultural literacy.

Implementation

Bradford Academy use Understanding Christianity developed by the Church of England in response to Ofsted’s report ‘Making a Difference’. Children will explore key theological concepts enabling them to know more about and understand Christianity alongside their own self-understanding and understanding of the world.  They will develop knowledge and skills in making sense of biblical texts and understanding how they may impact the lives of Christians.  It also allows room for pupils to develop their abilities to connect, reflect, evaluate and apply their learning to their own understanding of religion and belief, of themselves and the world and human experience.

Impact

Children are part of weekly RE lessons and also involved in RE Theme Days through the academic year.  The nature of delivery and the ‘spiral’ curriculum allows pupils to revisit the core concepts as they move through Bradford Academy exploring the key Christian values and how they fit with their own beliefs and personal religions.

Curriculum

Religious education in English schools: Non‑statutory guidance 2010:

The National curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:

A. Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can:

  • describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals;
  • identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews;
  • appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.

B. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can:

  • explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities;
  • express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues;
  • appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion or a worldview.

C. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they can:

  • find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively;
  • enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all;
  • articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.

http://resubjectreview.recouncil.org.uk/media/file/RE_Review_Summary.pdf

Policy and Assessment

The assessment of Religious Education at Bradford Academy is taken through book scrutiny and SLT visits to RE lessons. There are no formal examinations in Religious Education in primary school but it will be an area of interest for the inspectors carrying out SIAMS inspections (See – https://www.churchofengland.).

Staff are well trained and regularly monitor children’s progress to ensure that they are engaged in activities that develop their skills and help them grow in confidence. Staff provide many and varied opportunities for children to develop their speech through careful questioning and a range of interesting activities. Children are safe and happy and play well together.

Ofsted 2017

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