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REligious education

At Greensted Junior School we provide a well-balanced RE curriculum which encourages curiosity, respect and self-reflection. 

Our lessons have been moulded to encompass all of the requirements of the National Curriculum for Religious Education. 

Teaching RE involves religious beliefs, cultural identities, exploring different faiths as well as British values.  

At Greensted, we follow the Essex Agreed syllabus for Religious Education which helps the children learn from religions as well as about religion.

The current RE scheme of work covers the six major world religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Buddhism

RE plays an important role in preparing pupils for adult life and lifelong learning. It helps children and young people become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

It gives pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding to discern and value truth and goodness, strengthening their capacity for making moral judgements and for evaluating different types of commitment to make positive and healthy choices.

At Greensted, we follow a clear progression of skills in RE. Click the logo to find out more!

Intent

At Greensted Junior School, we believe that high-quality RE lessons inspire and encourage children to articulate their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences whilst respecting others viewpoints.

The intent is to make sure that children understand the relevance of RE in today’s modern world and how it can shape our lives and contribute to personal morality and social responsibility.

As a school, it is our aim to instil a love of RE in all our children. To ensure we do this, we work hard to provide an interesting and varied curriculum that interests and intrigues our children while meeting the needs of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities.

Children have the opportunity to celebrate diversity of different cultures, faiths and beliefs, to challenge stereotypes and empathise with people who have suffered religious persecution. To support this, we run school trips to places of worship and celebrate religions and cultures during our multi-cultural week.

 Implementation

At Greensted, subject leads strive to make planning and lessons outstanding.

To ensure teachers are well supported when delivering lessons, we have regular book moderations within the MAT and School to discuss and share great practise.

Additionally, subject leads work with year groups across the school to offer support when planning and observe how RE is being taught in each year group.

As Greensted Junior School plans each term with a particular theme, there are ample opportunities for cross curricular learning. For example, our year 6 topic ‘World War Two’ will include RE lessons on Judaism and religious persecution and our year 4 topic ‘The Egyptians’ will include RE lessons on Moses and his journey to the promised land.

The importance of and value of RE will always be apparent across the school through displays, annual themed weeks and high quality work in books.

 Impact

It is our responsibility to ensure that children enjoy RE lessons and look forward to finding out more about the past.

Additionally, it is also our duty to allow children to explore and have discussions that are rich and meaningful.

Books will show evidence of work showing a range of topics covered, cross curriculum links and extended writing.

Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the RE Subject Lead during monitoring sessions to ensure standards in RE remain high and will match standards in other subjects such as English.

Conclusively, our end goal is to ensure that the children at Greensted Junior School can explain how beliefs and teachings make contributions to the lives of individuals and communities.

They can compare the key beliefs and teachings of various religions, using appropriate language and vocabulary and can demonstrate respect and tolerance so that they are ready for their journey into Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the great wide world.

Please click on the link below to view our Religious Education policy: