Religious Education

Religious Education at Christopher Pickering

‘The whole purpose of Religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, humility and forgiveness’ Dalai Lama 

‘My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness’.  Dalai Lama

Intent

At Christopher Pickering, our Religious Education curriculum has been developed to ensure it builds progressively from the Foundation Stage through to Year 6.  We follow the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education developed by Hull City, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire Councils which provides opportunities for our children to explore and develop a broad and deep understanding of the religious, moral and spiritual world they live in. We encourage open-minded enquiry, reasoning, tolerance and debate within our Religious Education lessons. We belief that children should understand the importance and impact that religious beliefs have on individuals, communities and the wider world and provide opportunities for reflection about their own and other people’s rights, responsibilities, values and experiences.

Implementation

 In line with the Agreed Syllabus, at Christopher Pickering we teach the following religions:

  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Buddhism
  • Sikhism
  • Judaism
  • Hinduism

Within the Early Years Foundation stage Christianity is taught alongside a range of other beliefs and cultures appropriate to their age. In KS1 Christianity and one other religion is taught in depth and in KS2 Christianity and two other religions are taught in great depth. Throughout this learning process we belief that it is vital that children also understand wider world views and have the opportunity to discuss, understand and question their own and other people’s beliefs. The three statutory areas of understanding that we follow are:

  • Beliefs and Practices
  • Identity and Values
  • Meaning and Purpose

We learn about religion and from religion by: reading sacred texts, learning and retelling stories, role playing festivals and ceremonies, researching individuals and communities, studying art and by visiting places of worship and inviting religious leaders to visit our school.

We develop skills in investigation by learning how to ask questions and understand how to gather information, observe and listen. We learn how to interpret religion through language, poetry and symbolism. We reflect on relationships, experiences and beliefs whilst developing empathy by understanding the world through the eyes of others. We analyse, express and evaluate opinions, facts, values, rituals and arguments. We apply this knowledge of religion, individual, community, national and international life by working collaboratively  and gather evidence through photos, videos, art and written work.

Impact

Our Religious Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate
progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Christopher Pickering are equipped with transferable Religious skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
  • A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school;
  • Tracking of knowledge in pre and post learning quizzes
  • Pupil discussions about their learning