The role of Religious Education at Chadsmead is to help prepare and equip all pupils for life and citizenship in today’s diverse Britain. At Chadsmead, our RE curriculum enables our students to gain knowledge of world faiths to enable them to engage with communities and promote British values. The curriculum develops our children’s knowledge of understanding of religion, religious beliefs, practices, language and traditions and their influence on individuals, communities, societies and cultures. This encourages our pupils to consider and respond to a range of important questions related to their own spiritual development, the development of values and attitudes and fundamental questions concerning the meaning and purpose of life. It is our duty to do our utmost to ensure that Chadsmead pupils can live in harmony with others and this requires an understanding of religion and the life stances adopted by our community and the global communities.
At Chadsmead we use the 2016 Staffordshire agreed syllabus for religious education as our curriculum. The Staffordshire scheme focusses on making children religiously literate. Within each unit the children explore, experience and reflect. This is supported by six broad dimensions: 1. Beliefs, 2. Practices 3. Meaning 4. Identity 5. Purpose 6. Values. Progression and assessment of the children are mapped out by the Staffordshire agreed syllabus.
In addition to our time studying in lesson, at Chadsmead we develop our children’s knowledge by encountering people from different religious and philosophical groups who can express a range of convictions on religious and moral issues. For example, we have a Christian group who annually present a Bible story as a puppet show and we have visits from the Gideon Bible society. Every child is offered at least one trip per year to a place of religious significance; for example, a trip to the Faith trail in Derby, trips to St Chads and Wade Street Church workshops. Children are encouraged to discuss, question and evaluate important issues in religion and philosophy including ultimate questions and ethical issues. This is through discussing feelings and thoughts, discussing the meanings of a big questions. For example, why do people disagree about religion and faith?
The impact of our RE curriculum is not to teach children to be religious but we teach about the beliefs and traditions of religions and non-religious worldviews. This enables our children to go into our community and society with an understanding and respect of the views of other people.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through:
· A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
· Pupil discussions about their learning
· Visits to lessons and dialogue with teaching staff
Within Key stage 1 the focus is for the children at Chadsmead to recall and name different beliefs and practices. This is developed in Key stage 2 to describe in detail the features of religions and worldviews. They will ask and respond to questions about communities. This is developed in Key stage 2 to describe in detail the features of religions and worldviews. Key Stage 2 pupils explain with reasons, the significance of religions and worldviews to individuals and communities. They can express their own ideas and opinions and use their knowledge to present their own views on challenging questions about belonging, meaning and purpose and truth.