At Broadway Junior School, Religious Education enables our children to develop knowledge and understanding of world religions and reflect on the challenging questions that it provokes. They will gain the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and will learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences, while respecting the right of others to differ. Religious Education is an important part of the broad and balanced curriculum that deliver to our children. We provide them with opportunities to learn about various religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts and to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They will be equipped with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their individual ideas, values and identities. We hope that they will become independent and responsible members of society, who understand and explore big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that they can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
We want our children to be able to combat prejudice, preparing them for adult life, employment and life-long learning. At Broadway, we are an inclusive school, all children have the opportunity to participate fully in class RE lessons and activities and parents are welcome to discuss any concerns or anxieties about the provision of RE with school staff.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in Religious Education, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school (see attached Sunderland Agreed Syllabus for RE- September 2012). Every year group plans and delivers a clear, appropriate scheme of work, based around outlined objectives. It is taught as a discrete subject with sufficient time allocation to cover the Programme of Study throughout the year.
We ensure that Religious Education is taught throughout the year, following identified themes in long term planning (with additional sessions/assemblies/class based worship throughout the year, as and when required). When appropriate, children will record in their topic/curriculum books and photographs will be taken to provide evidence of learning and participation.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Broadway Junior School are equipped with skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3, and for life as an adult in the wider world. We want children to:
- Know and understand different faiths and religions
- Be tolerant and respectful of those who have different faiths and beliefs
- Be able to identify the differences in various faiths and religions
- Become critical thinkers and question effectively
- Reflect on their own beliefs and the beliefs of others
- Develop a sense of identity and belonging