In RE, we have considered how we can be good ‘stewards’ of Our World and why that is important to Christians. Yorkshire Rotters visited us to explain the importance of recycling, saving energy and composting. We were even allowed to take our very own pet worms home in a wormery made from rubbish!
In our RE teaching we place our emphasis on the development of the whole child; spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually. The RE curriculum supports the school ethos and enables children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of principal world faiths practised in Great Britain. We seek to develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures, including the local community. We guide children to recognise the right of people to hold different beliefs within an ethnically and socially diverse society. Our aim is to develop children’s ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues. Our RE teaching enhances the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils.
At Overdale we use the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2013-2018, as the basis of our planning and teaching of RE.
Strengths of the curriculum:
Pupils are inspired to learn by well-planned class teaching which aims ensure that children learn about religion and belief and learn from religion and belief.
Teachers and Leaders focus on delivering rich curriculum experiences which means that pupils enjoy learning in this subject and are sensitive to the right of people to hold different beliefs within an ethnically and socially diverse society.
Children enjoy regular themed RE days where learning is enhanced and enriched by a cross curricular approach.
Visitors of various denominations from the local and wider community regularly attend school and lead engaging RE assemblies enjoyed by the children.
Children are afforded opportunities to engage in the wider community with visits to local churches of different denominations.
Teaching and learning experiences seek to heighten children’s empathy and allow them to develop a keen moral compass to enable them to be fully prepared for life in 21st century modern Britain.
Areas for development:
Develop links with other RE leaders in cluster schools to share resources and good practice
CPD for staff to secure understanding of progression of skills
Recording and sharing of assessment information with subject leader / SLT
Subject leader to be able to inform judgements and support teaching and learning of RE at Overdale CPS through learning walk.
Subject leader to attend relevant CPD and cluster meetings
Subject leader to share new progression of skills document with staff to secure understanding of levels of attainment of individual children across year groups
Class teachers to share assessment information with Subject leader
Arrange Learning Walks – Subject leader to monitor the quality of learning, pupils’ progress and attainment
RE is not a National Curriculum subject, but must be taught to all registered pupils. At Overdale we use the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2013-2018, as the basis of our planning and teaching of RE.