Religious Education at Grove Street Primary School
At Grove Street we believe it is important that our children are given the opportunity to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. The aim of religious education in our school is for pupils to develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate the impact that religious beliefs have on people’s lives and communities; to engage with questions raised by religions; to develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues, and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
We want our children to appreciate the ever changing world we live in and the way that religious beliefs shape life and behaviour. Our curriculum is designed to encourage creativity, imagination, enquiry, debate, discussion and independence.
At Grove Street we use a devised scheme of work that links closely with the Agreed Wirral Syllabus (2019), as the basis for our curriculum. Our scheme of work ensures that within each year group, children will be given the opportunity to learn about Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism. They will learn about the similarities and differences between the different religions and will be taught to respect people and their beliefs regardless of what they are. Year on year pupils will deepen their knowledge and understanding of each religion through a range of interesting questions and topics. At Grove Street RE is timetabled fortnightly. A typical lesson includes:
-A revision of previous learning
-A shared read to introduce new learning
-Introduction of new learning
-Evidence is then gathered in a year group floor book – comprising of photographs, artwork and writing
-A clear end point identified at the start of the topic
The children at Grove Street will be knowledgeable and respectful towards everyone and their beliefs regardless of background, religion or faith. We are preparing our children for life during and after school.
We do not formally assess in RE, we track pupils’ progress through their contributions towards class discussions, general participation and quizzes. We look for evidence through reviewing pupils’ knowledge and skills by observing lessons regularly and gathering evidence from pupil voice.
With continuously building on previous knowledge, discussing religious beliefs and ideas, building an evidence trail of new and founded knowledge, we believe that children will be able to confidently discuss their learning in Religious Education.
Through their R.E. learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world, developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life. As such, R.E. is invaluable in an ever changing and shrinking world.