Our Vision Intent
At St Agnes Primary School, the aim of Religious Education is to help all children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Religious Education is inclusive for all children taught throughout the school (EYFS to Year 6) following the Manchester Diocese Syllabus and reflects the overall aims, values, and philosophy of the school. At St Agnes, Christianity plays an important role in the children’s learning as we are a Church of England school. Religious Education links in with along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHCE and British Values, in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our children. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. Our Ethos is developed around the 18 Christian values and underpins everything we do in our school. Our Religious Education Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is cohesively sequenced and planned to demonstrate progression. Through our whole school ethos and the teaching of RE we aim to:
- Demonstrate high quality learning for RE against the planned outcomes (Sticky Learning).
- Provide a celebration of learning for each topic which demonstrates progression across the school. ?
- Embed a Class Reflection Book, to develop the children’s thoughts and feelings around the R.E. topics and Christian values/themes. ?
- Evidence Pupil Voice/Pupil discussions about their learning through Pupils Chats (Headteachers as well as Subject Leaders).
- Plan and organise a range of visiting vicars and clergy to develop the children’s understanding of Christianity. ?
- Plan and organise visits to other religious places such as local Mosques (Westwood). ?
- Enable our Year 3 and 4 children to take part in the Linking Project to work with a different Oldham primary school (Horton Mill) to develop links and friendships with children from another culture and religion. ?
- Ensure that each class is taught discreet 1 week topics in which the children have the opportunity to fully immerse in their learning and embed the teaching and key vocabulary through ‘Sticky Learning’ objectives (see Subject Leaders Long Term Plans). ?
- We are supported by Mrs Butt from Manchester Mission who teaches RE to a class for a term to enable the children to have specialist teaching and develop their skills and understanding of Religious Education.
We value the religious background of all members of the school community and hope that this will encourage individuals to share their own experiences with others freely. All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links, which are, and can be made between home, school, and a faith community. We promote teaching in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible for both staff and children.
The children at St Agnes enjoying learning lots about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion. Through their R.E. learning and our ethos, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. R.E. acts as a hub, therefore, between social aspects of learning, science and geography. Our children develop understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community. R.E. offers our children the means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way. As such, R.E. is invaluable in our ever changing world. As such, R.E. is invaluable in our ever changing world and for long-term memory and the ability to succeed in life.