Religious Education is taught as a discrete subject at our school by the Class Teacher and as a church school, it has core subject status. The Religious Education scheme of work reflects the fact that the religious traditions of Great Britain are in the main Christian whist taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.
Our teaching of Religious Education is based on the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) scheme of work, which was updated in September 2017. There are two key elements to our Religious Education curriculum, Learning About Religion (AT1) and Learning From Religion (AT2). We use an enquiry based approach, encouraging the children to consider the importance of key questions and giving them time to reflect on how it has meaning and relevance to their own lives. Teachers use a range of interactive resources and strategies to enhance the learning experience including visits to religious places of worship. We work closely with our local churches and clergy to support the curriculum. The Religious Education and Collective Worship Policies and Scheme of Work are agreed by the school’s governing body.
Progress in Religious Education is measured against a progressive 5-level scale of attainment recommended by the LDBS. This begins with pupils being able to recall, retell and name in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, progressing towards pupils making comparisons, explaining and expressing their personal views on Religion by the end of Key Stage 2. Teacher’s complete the assessment document four times a year, making a note of the children’s progress and attainment.
Every class prepares and leads a service for the school at our Parish Church, St Paul’s. The content of the services draws on the Religious Education curriculum and the Christian calendar. Visits to other churches and places of worship, including St Paul’s Cathedral, are incorporated into the curriculum. In January each year we celebrate the life of our patron saint, St Paul through a week-long series of activities, culminating in a special assembly led by Year 2.
Our school motto “Caring for all: Growing with God” underpins all that we do. Every classroom has a dedicated RE Prayer and Reflection corner and display area. This reinforces to pupils, staff and visitors the importance of RE in our Christian School.