For an overview of coverage, please see section below statements.
At RHJS, we follow the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (2007). A new scheme of work was introduced in 2017, a diverse, theme-based approach, which was selected specifically (Route 1 of 3) to support our children at Rednal Hill Juniors and their needs.
According to the syllabus summary, the curriculum for a maintained school should provide a balanced and broadly based curriculum which:
- Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development at the school and of society (Personal Characteristics)
- Prepares such pupils for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in life (Successful Learner and Experiences)
At Rednal Hill Junior School we also provide annual trips for pupils to different places of worship, across all main religions. Children are given the opportunity to experience different faiths, cultures and traditions, helping to consolidate their learning and increase their breadth of experiences.
Our RE Curriculum embraces ‘respect’ and ‘diversity’, important to promoting British Values.
The thematic approach to our RE curriculum covers our school values, these are vitally important to the school as they are scoped around the needs of our community
- Respect (Caring for others, animals and the environment; Being fair and just)
- Building relationship (Being modest and listening to others)
- Being an individual (Being courageous and confident; Being hopeful and visionary)
- Best we can be (Being reflective and self-critical; Being temperate, exercising self-discipline and cultivating serene contentment)
- Community and making choices (Cultivating inclusion, Identity and Belonging; Sharing and being generous; Living by rules)
Communication and fostering dialogue, to improve oracy, is a huge need in school and a key element of RE. Pupils are encouraged to speak clearly and share ideas understand bias and opinion, have an understanding of the world and their place in it, have empathy and consideration for others, celebrate diversity and understand the need to look after the environment.
The development of effective communication is interwoven through our School Curriculum Intent Statement.
The lesson focuses/medium term planning ensures that teachers have key points to direct questioning, impacting on the learning of pupils.
Key vocabulary provided on knowledge organisers (one for each of the core themes).
Our RE Curriculum allows for all children to be actively involved in voicing their opinions.
There is a great emphasise placed on ‘pupil voice’ and this is evidenced throughout a variety of lessons in class journals.
The PSHE curriculum follows a thematic model, within a spiral curriculum, which revisits the linked cores themes across KS2. These include: Compassion, Community, Choice, Commitment, Contemplation and Creativity.
There are referenced links to other subjects across KS2. (See Curriculum Overviews for each Year Group)
All teachers are provided with clear guidance through lesson focuses and medium term plans. Key organisers for each of the core themes promote vocabulary. RE lessons foster dialogue, and promote oracy skills and good modelled English. Discussion relies heavily on ground rules being set and adhered to.
- Time allocation of RE lessons - 30 minutes a week (1 hour a fortnight)
- Experiences to initiate or consolidate learning – Trips to places of worship, including: Church/Cathedral, Mosque, Hindu Temple, Buddhist Temple, Gurdwara, Synagogue
- Children’s learning in the Birmingham Syllabus of Religious Education is guided by 24 dispositions, taught by way of a spiral curriculum with a progression of knowledge and skills, which all the major faiths saw as particularly important. Taken together, the dispositions constitute a person’s spiritual and moral character and help to depict a human ideal.
- Our RE Scheme of Work is theme-based. The 6 linked core themes are: Compassion, Community, Choice, Commitment, Contemplation and Creativity.
- This thematic approach limits cognitive overload. A range of activities evidenced in class journals impact on pupils being able to commit more to long-term memory.
- Class journals encourage children to regularly reflect on what they have learnt in lessons, and the way activities in class have helped them to learn. Class journals also allow children to express themselves more creatively and through the use of pupil voice/comment, increasing the ability of children to process information both visually and verbally simultaneously to aid retention (Dual Coding Theory).
- New lesson plans were implemented in 2018-19 (Faith Makes a Difference - https://www.faithmakesadifference.co.uk/)
School assemblies often promote a ‘positive understanding of difference’ and celebrate individualism, community and diversity. Our assemblies aim to:
Offer time to talk and think; be educational and look to broaden and deepen knowledge and understanding; Affirm diversity and respect, regardless of faith, gender or sexual orientation; Foster a sense of community, where all are included; Create an opportunity to be uplifted from the everyday and ordinary. We celebrate the good and sometimes extraordinary things that children at Rednal do.
Pupil voice and comments in class journals show an increased awareness and understanding of subject matter. (RE Lead to conduct pupil voice /conferencing, through the use of questionnaires, to assess the impact of learning, understanding and progress.)
Pupils show an increased understanding, awareness and positively embrace different cultures (as evidenced in learning walks, trips and experiences)
Vocabulary and spoken English improves (as evidenced through the use of knowledge organisers, a vocabulary checklist; discussion; dialogue; P4C). Junior Language link scores should improve.
Classes come together (if needed) restoratively to discuss issues and concerns. Although not directly religious in nature, these “coming together” opportunities are: educational, inclusive and often spiritual.
Mrs. V. Rose
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