- Year One are learning about Special Books as part of their Religious Education curriculum this week. Children have been bringing books into school that are special to them.
- Today we demonstrated our plans for the future by dressing up as 'Big Me'. We represented a huge range of careers from Doctors and Vets, to Pilots and Footballers, Builders and Fashion Designers and a LOT of teachers!
Religious Education at London Fields Primary
Why is RE important?
At London fields we firmly believe that through Religious Education all pupils are taught to develop spiritually, academically, emotionally and morally in a way that enables them to understand and value themselves and others and to better cope with the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of living in a rapidly changing, multicultural world. Therefore, the school’s RE curriculum has been designed to incorporate opportunities for pupils to develop and build academic skills and specialist vocabulary that help them learn about the beliefs, values, thinking and ways of life of others and to reflect upon their own as they explore their community and their role in it.
Religious Education can also develop personal integrity and a sense of responsibility by learning about what is fair and unfair, right and wrong, and by engaging with issues of truth, trust and justice and a range of ethical issues. It can help pupils gain a sense of conscience through considering the importance of rights, responsibilities and duties of individual citizens, whether religious or not, and what it means to respect the laws of the land.
How is Religious Education currently taught across the key stages?
Children study a number of RE units throughout the year. Each unit is carefully planned to ensure pupils gather knowledge about different religions. Each RE unit builds upon the knowledge learned in previous years and units so that pupils develop a deep understanding of the key 'big ideas' in RE. These are:
- Explore beliefs
- Understand practices
- Importance of reflecting.
As pupils develop their understanding of these 'big ideas' in a range of contexts, so too will they develop the ability to be independent learners using a variety of disciplines to apply, interpret, analyse and evaluate what they have learnt about other religions and worldviews in relation to spiritual, ethical, moral and social issues.
Our children are taught a variety of the major world religions. These include Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism, as well as considering the beliefs of those that are not religious. From Year 1 through to Year 6 each of the major religions will be covered. Throughout both Key Stages children are given the opportunity to not only learn about the individual religions but are encouraged to discuss and think about their similarities and differences with other religions at the same time. We plan for Religious Education to be an active enquiry process, with meaningful, well-informed and balanced debates. Through enquiry, pupils should build their knowledge and understanding by forming a relationship with what they learn about other religions and worldviews, so that they can consider and reflect meaningfully on what they have learnt to create an informed view.
RE trips and visitors
We aim for our RE curriculum to provide children with challenging questions about the meaning of life, including global issues. We do this by planning and promoting civilised debate and in-depth discussions.
Teachers have access to a range of religious artefacts to support their lessons for each religion. We organise regular RE trips to different places of worship within our local area such as the London Buddhist centre. Elsewhere in London the children will visit other buildings of significant religious meaning (e.g. the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden). All of these opportunities are examples of how we provide our children with hands-on authentic experiences of the diversity of religion and how we value experiential learning and aim to enrich RE.
At London Fields we benefit from a very diverse faith school community. During our RE lessons, teachers offer opportunities for pupils to encounter an authentic voice of faith and belief. This means that we encourage dialogue between pupils and praise those who want to share their own unique and personal religious experiences. This is particularly beneficial when pupils teach their classmates about particular religious traditions or festivals. Here, our pupils become the “experts” and we believe that this can not only raise self-esteem but also give a positive image of each faith and enhance the quality of learning in RE. We can also welcome members of our school community, including parents and relatives, to come and speak to our classes about a particular RE topic.
Our RE Vocabulary
At London Fields, we know that a good understanding of a wide range of vocabulary supports success across the whole national curriculum. We have identified ‘core’ words that the children will meet in different subjects and in different topics. These words will be revisited and taught in different contexts so that the children develop a deep understanding of their meaning and they become tools with which children can access the knowledge, skills and understanding the curriculum demands. Obviously, these are not the only words we will teach. But they will form a backbone through our curriculum to help to scaffold and develop the children’s learning