At Freeman’s, we believe that Religious Education plays a significant role in the promotion of spiritual, moral, cultural and mental development, preparing learners for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life and helping them to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.
We follow the County Agreed Syllabus, “Growing Together”, as determined by the local Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE). Our syllabus reflects that the religious traditions of Great Britain are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. It also makes a significant contribution to the implementation of the view that 'Every Child Matters' and helps to promote community cohesion.
The Agreed Syllabus aims for pupils to become:
- successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
- confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives, and
- responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
Religious Education is taught weekly as a discrete subject. As a Church of England school, we prioritise the teaching of Christianity, which accounts for two thirds of our programme of study. Further units of study provide in-depth coverage of three other major religions including Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism as well as the opportunity to examine other religious beliefs and attitudes such as Humanism.
Through RE lessons, we help children to both learn about and to learn from religion and belief. The units of study are all question-based and lessons are planned which allow children to be active, thoughtful, reflective and expressive in their handling of questions about beliefs, religion, spirituality and values. We aim to include elements of enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection within our lessons.
We use a varied range of teaching and learning strategies in order to make Religious Education dynamic and challenging for all pupils. These include whole class lessons, pair and group discussions, drama, role-play, ICT, visits, outside speakers, audio-visual stimuli, artwork and the use of religious artefacts.
Religious Education must be provided for all registered pupils in full time education. Parents do, however, retain the right to withdraw their children from RE. If you have any concerns, in the first instance we would encourage you to talk to your child’s class teacher who can direct you to the RE Subject Leader if you need further information.
At Freeman’s Endowed CE Junior Academy, we use Knowledge Organisers in our foundation subjects, such as History and Geography, to help children to learn the essential knowledge they need for each topic they study. It also acts as a tool to support children in retaining and retrieving knowledge for long term learning.