Religious Education at GEMS

Religious Education Lead

Miss Smith

Curriculum Intent

Religious Education at Godfrey Ermen plays a major part in promoting the Christian aims, values and ethos of the school. It is expressed through the attitudes, relationships, values, visual symbols and Christian observances of the school.

The school follows the 2017 Religious Education Syllabus (Questful RE) devised by Blackburn Diocese, which also links with the Understanding Christianity resource pack from Manchester Diocese.

In R.E. there is a clear, sequenced curriculum that allows pupils to understand the key Christian concepts of God – Creation – Fall – People of God – Incarnation – Gospel – Salvation – Kingdom of God. These areas are revisited at each key stage to enable pupils to retrieve and deepen their knowledge and understanding about the key concepts and the ‘Big Story’ of the Bible.

Implementation

The curriculum time allocated to Religious Education is approximately 10% (equivalent to 1 hour per week but may be blocked into different time units as appropriate for children and the timetable). It is taught from Nursery to Year 6.

The balance of time allocated to Christianity is 80%, with at least 20% to two other faiths.

That as well as Christianity pupils should study aspects of the practices and beliefs of the other five major world faiths. (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.) Guidance is given in the syllabus overviews and units as to appropriate content and length of time for this study.

Impact

The R.E. curriculum provides opportunities to explore how beliefs have shaped the way in which humans understand themselves, each other and the world around them.

A variety of approaches will be used to ensure understanding, progression and enjoyment for all, including direct teaching, real experiences through visits and handling artefacts, dance, drama, singing, discussion and art opportunities.

The use of St Michael’s Church, clergy and congregation are used where possible to aid teaching and learning in RE.

The Religious Education syllabus is reinforced through Collective Worship, daily acts of prayer and worship within the school and reflection upon the yearly cycle of Christian festivals and seasons.

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