RE teaching at Churchend Primary Academy promotes religious literacy by assisting children in developing a knowledge and understanding of world faiths (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism) and world views. We want children to be able to engage in and have informed conversations with others about these beliefs; to have an understanding that everyone has the right to their own beliefs and practices, and to respect these.
At Churchend Primary Academy, we will promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Lessons are planned from the Discovery Scheme, which has an enquiry-based approach- this allows children to deepen critical thinking skills through greater subject knowledge and to develop on their own spiritual journey. Each unit has a key question, which is explored with a 4-step process:
Engagement: How can I relate to the underpinning concept in my own world?
Investigation: What do I need to learn about the religion in order to answer the big question?
Evaluation: How well can I apply this knowledge to the big question using critical thinking/evaluation skills?
Expression: Can I express what difference this enquiry has made to me, my thinking and my starting point?
Wherever possible, visits to places of worship, religious visitors (including members of the school community such as staff and parents) to share knowledge, experiences and beliefs, and artefacts / sources will be used to ensure the faiths are brought to life for them, therefore offering a multi-sensory, hands on learning style in the hope of a deeper engagement with the subject.