CURRICULUM AREA: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Religious Education at Calmore Infant School
Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based, and which
- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils; and
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
At Calmore Infant school Religious Education is taught to all children except for those withdrawn at the wish of their parents. Our planning follows the Hampshire County Council agreed syllabus Living Difference IV.
During their time at Calmore, children explore Christianity and Judaism. They learn about different beliefs about God, and the world around them. They encounter and respond to a range of stories, artefacts and other religious material relevant to both these religions . Throughout school, children learn that beliefs are expressed in different ways by different people. They get the chance to understand the importance and value of religious belief, especially for other children and their families. Children get the chance to talk about what is important to them and others, valuing themselves, reflecting on their own feelings and experiences and developing a sense of belonging. It is our intent for the Religious Education element of our school curriculum to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions, explore different religious beliefs, values and traditions and develop a more rigorous understanding of the numerous religious traditions, beliefs and practices that are followed in our multi-cultural society. We want them to know how religious education enables pupils to combat prejudice, preparing them for life-long learning.
At Calmore Infant school we implement the RE curriculum by following The Living Difference IV. Our planning and our schemes of work reflect this for each Key Stage. The children learn through communicating, applying, inquiring, contextualizing and evaluating their thoughts in group work and class discussions.
RE is taught in discrete blocked lessons at the end of each half term. These are separate to our term topic work, but allows for links to be made with specific festivals and times of the year. We record Pupil Voice in our class floor books to show the journey and understanding from the child’s point of view. This allows the children to become fully immersed in RE, which is taught through concepts and allows time for the children to deepen their understanding.
Each unit of work identifies prior learning, allowing for progression throughout the school, with a focus on Christian and Judaism traditions. The children re-visit the floor books and this moves up with the year group so they always have access to their previous learning .
We value the religious background of all members of the school and wider community and encourage children to share their own experiences freely. All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links, which can be made between home, school, and a faith community. It is also part of our British Values which is implemented within the school as a whole.
We believe that RE makes a unique contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and supports wider community cohesion and we are proud to have close links with Testwood Baptist Church and St. Anne’s, Calmore and new relationships with St. Win’s in Totton.