Religious Education

Religious Education at Bunbury

Religious Education (RE) lessons take place on a weekly basis at Bunbury, although the Christian nature of the school means that the subject is also woven into other topic areas and is clearly evident in the life and ethos of each day.

Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils' knowledge and understanding of the nature of religion and belief including Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that offer answers to these challenging questions. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs and the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
Religious Education is taught in a way that reflects the overall aims, values, culture and philosophy of our Church school.

The children are introduced to the beliefs of Christianity and Judaism in the infants and these teachings are built upon as they enter the juniors, together with beliefs of Islam.

We ensure that as well as teaching the children knowledge about the different faiths they are also given opportunities to reflect on their own beliefs and appreciate the different viewpoints of others and their peers.  We do make sure that there is a distinction between learning about and learning from religion so that personal reflection is not rushed into before spending adequate time learning about each topic.   Throughout this process “Big Questions” are encouraged and children are given opportunities to reconsider their initial thinking, extend their enquiry or re-prioritise their questions.  In order to provide for this we follow the concepts and enquiry planning model.

The children are engaged through visiting speakers, drama activities, role playing festivals, art work, exploring beliefs in creative and imaginative ways, writing activities, educational visits and studying religious artefacts.

Reflective Areas

At Bunbury Aldersey CE (Aided) Primary School our Christian beliefs are reflected across the school.  From assemblies and lessons to the way we interact with others on a daily basis, we always aspire to act in a way that demonstrates God’s love and concern for each individual. 

We understand school life can be extremely busy and that it is important for children to have time and space to reflect on their own beliefs and values.  There are also times when we need to approach someone who is infinitely wiser and bigger than we are and our reflective areasin each class and in the main entrance are an area where children can do this. 

Teaching and learning style 
We promote teaching in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible for both staff and children. The syllabus is implemented in school by means of a variety of approaches with the emphasis on lively, stimulating lessons involving 'hands-on' experiential learning. Learning in Religious Education may be by means of direct teaching to the class or small groups. Children may look at and handle religious artefacts, hear religious music, prepare and taste food, role play and use of drama, record work in a variety of visual and written forms and visit Churches and other places of worship and of interest. Work in Religious Education builds on the pupils' own experiences and acknowledges the importance of reflection. Children in each Key Stage may occasionally be asked to undertake some homework activities or tasks as part of their work in Religious Education. 

The learning environment
The learning environment is of great importance at Bunbury Aldersey. Religious Education displays around the school and in classrooms should:
~ Promote and maintain curiosity
~ Provide a stimulus for the Religious focus being taught and learned;
~ Create safe environments for children to explore their religious ideas;
~ Provide opportunities for children to engage with and evaluate concepts and beliefs;
~ Provide access to the resources necessary for children to question, enquire and reflect.
~ Celebrate pupils' learning and achievements and showcase Religious Education taking place in school. 

Curriculum Enhancement Opportunities 
The school has a fund which pays for visits and visitors linked to RE. At Bunbury Aldersey CE Primary we aim for each class to have a visitor or educational visit to support their learning during the course of the school year.

Assessment, Recording and Reporting
Those children who under or over achieve are marked by initial on the medium term plans and the teacher plans appropriate work to afford these pupils a measure of success or further challenge through differentiation.

Monitoring, review and evaluation

Monitoring the standard of children's work and the quality of teaching in Religious education is the responsibility of the Religious Education Subject Leader and the head teacher. The Religious Education Subject Leader is also responsible for supporting colleagues in the teaching of Religious Education, informing staff of developments in the subject and for providing a strategic lead and direction for the subject in the school. 

The Religious Education Subject Leader will have specially-allocated time in which to fulfil this role by:

  • Lesson observations
  • Review of policy
  • Collate an overview of curriculum coverage 
  • Report to governors
  • Complete Pupil Voice

    The Religious Education Subject Leader provides an annual curriculum review and feedback form which will be shared with Governors at the annual Curriculum meeting. The professional development needs of staff are assessed through monitoring and where necessary further training is provided. This may be INSET provided internally or external courses as appropriate.

    Our Critical Friend ( Link Governor) will also be invited into school to monitor Religious Education. Each year the Critical Friend will complete feedback which will inform future monitoring. 
    External inspection and advice is undertaken every five years through SIAMS Church School Ofsted, where Religious education will be graded on the current Ofsted descriptors.

    CPD
    The co-ordinator receives details of appropriate courses and materials from the diocese and advises colleagues respectively. Using established links with the Diocese and SACRE the Subject leader works alongside colleagues to model outstanding practice and cascades current developments in the subject to improve standards.

    Curriculum Risk Assessment
    Staff are asked to use professional judgment with regard to pupil safety in individual lessons. Where it is deemed necessary, individual lesson risk assessments will be completed. The pro forma for this is in the Subject Leader folder on the t:drive. All staff have access to the school Curriculum Health and Safety Guidance in the head teacher's office.

    Resourcing
    We have a walk through resource area that acts as a 'learning wall 'for children, staff and visitors, it showcases all the religions taught within school. Children's reference books for Religious Education are kept in the Library and in classrooms. Digital teaching resources can be found on our t: drive. Information Technology is used for finding material. Artefacts and teaching materials are available in school or can be borrowed from the Diocesan or SACRE.
    The RE Curriculum Co-ordinator is responsible for maintaining RE resources, and for monitoring their use. The school has a fund which pays for visits and visitors linked to RE. 

    Links with Other Subjects
    We seek every opportunity to develop Religious Education with other areas of the curriculum through our study work approach and holistic planning. Teachers make links with PSHE (Personal Social Health Education) and SMSC (Spiritual Moral Social Cultural Education) and use our P4C approach to enquiry.

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Bunbury Aldersey CE, School Lane, Bunbury, Cheshire, CW6 9NR

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