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Religious Education

The aim of religious education at Forest View is allow pupils to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.

What is our approach to Religious Education?

We follow the Gloucester Agreed Syllabus for RE.  We study one religion at a time (systematic units), and then include ‘thematic’ units, which build on learning by comparing the religions, beliefs and practices studied.  Pupils encounter core concepts in religions and beliefs in a coherent way, developing their understanding and their ability to handle questions of religion belief.  The teaching and learning approach has three core elements, making sense of beliefs, understanding the impact and making connections, which are woven together to provide breadth and balance within teaching and learning about religions and beliefs.

We have a long term plan for our assemblies to ensure aspects of RE are covered, we integrate and address big themes in society relating to religious history and dates of significance (e.g. Religious festivals, Mothering Sunday, Remembrance Sunday). 

Open The Book (a local church group) visit once a week to act out bible stories for the children.

What does our approach to Religious Education look like in the classroom?

  • Weekly lessons are planned into the timetable using the Gloucestershire Agreed syllabus for RE.
  • Assemblies focus on religious festivals, dates of significance and bible stories.
  • Stories and books are used to focus on different themes.
  • There are opportunities for children to engage with big questions about the world for which there are no fixed answers.
  • We create a safe space for children to ask questions including uncomfortable and/or critical ones.
  • A culture of openness, respect and tolerance is built.
  • Connections are made across the curriculum.

How do we measure success in Religious Education?

  • Some lessons will result in an independent task recorded in books.
  • Some lessons will result in learning task that take the form of performance tasks or debates.  These will be recorded on See Saw.
  • Children will have a deeper understanding of the world around them.