Our teaching of Religious Education follows the guidance given in the latest Agreed
Syllabus for Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire:-
Religious Education for All
The Agreed Syllabus for RE in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire
At Radcliffe On Trent we want children to gain knowledge about Christians believe as well as gaining a sense of right and wrong and how to live with a strong set of moral values. We also want to prepare them for life in diverse Britain, knowing and understanding about different faiths and cultures and how to be respectful and tolerant of others and their beliefs.
Using the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, we will
Through these experiences they will gain insights and knowledge to help equip them as responsible citizens, ready to contribute positively to our society and the wider world.
Through the learning and opportunities we plan for at Radcliffe on Trent we aim to support each child in the development of each of the following aims of the RE curriculum:
- Know and understand a range of religions and world views which will allow them to recognise the diversity which exists in our city and wider society.
- Can express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and the impact of religions and world views as they develop their own personal views on a range of issues
- Develop and use skills which will assist them to engage seriously with religions and world views
Study of religious and world views will also promote spiritual, cultural, social and moral development, and will support pupils’ understanding of British Values such as acceptance and respect for others who hold different world views.
Through our engagement with the Agreed Syllabus we intend to develop the following 3 types of knowledge in RE:
Substantive Knowledge - Throughout their time at Radcliffe On Trent Infant and Nursery School we want our children to know about different beliefs, practices and religious teachings. Our pupils will have the knowledge to begin to make sense of the world in which they live and relate to others in it and will learn to embrace diversity by knowing about and understanding a range of religions and worldviews.
Personal Knowledge – The attitudes, experiences and assumptions which shape the way we experience the religious and non-religious. RE encourages our pupils to understand what makes them the person they are, develop and nurture healthy minds, have a curious outlook and think independently, and begin to express their ideas about the nature and significance of religions and worldviews. Although the suggested religions at KS1 are Judaism and Christianity we also touch on other religions to reflect the context of our school.
Disciplinary Knowledge - The tools that we use to study religion and the methods that we use to gather knowledge. We teach the children that we find out about beliefs by talking to people, including members of our classrooms and community with different faiths, watching clips, visiting places of worship and investigating artefacts. The disciplinary approach works in KS1 in terms of providing a framework to a unit of work and a breadth of approaches across the key stage. We set the ground work for future work in KS2 when children apply their thinking when discussing with religions and world views and the impact these have on people’s lives.
At Radcliffe On Trent Infant and Nursery School RE is planned and taught in line with the Notts Agreed Syllabus with 4 topics for each year group in KS1 and 6 questions to explore in the Foundation Stage. Children are taught to value and respect one another and are proud of their achievements and those of their peers. Religious Education provokes challenging questions and discussions including beliefs about God, understanding ourselves, issues of right and wrong and individual beliefs. It can develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principle religions, different religious traditions and worldviews.
Children know our Rainbow Values and talk about them regularly as well as part of Collective Worship, PSHE, RE And story sessions.
Collective Worship is planned termly including themes from RE, PSHE and British Values. It also relates to events, celebrations and festivals from around the world.
If you would like to know more about the Agreed Syllabus a copy can be made available for you to read in school. Please contact the office for more information.