BORROW WOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL
Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement for Religious Education
At Borrow Wood Primary School we believe that Religious Education has a significant role to play in the development and understanding of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural appreciation.
The values that are embraced help prepare our children with the right skills and attitudes so they can flourish in the wider community and become positive citizens in a diverse society.
Our children are encouraged to appreciate different religions, beliefs, viewpoints whilst developing their own views through an exciting and positive learning environment. Children can learn, enquire, and explore the big questions helping promote inclusiveness through mutual respect toward people of different faiths and beliefs.
We aim to help broaden their perspectives of faiths and cultures, encouraging tolerance of diversity whilst nurturing their own sense of belonging through self-awareness and reflection.
Religious Education is planned in accordance with the Agreed Syllabus 2020-2025 for Derbyshire and Derby City. Weekly units are planned to incorporate the agreed syllabus using the Derby City Units of Learning Planning Aids enabling children to build knowledge over time.
Our curriculum covers: Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism in a two-year rolling cycle of learning which teaches the skills of RE progressively across the year groups. Key concepts are revisited through this progressive approach and memory tasks provide even more opportunities to embed core knowledge from prior learning. Lessons at Borrow Wood Primary School aim to use a hands-on approach where children are encouraged to handle religious artefacts and are taught to do so respectfully. In addition to our weekly lessons, we also celebrate other religious and non-religious faiths such as Sikhism and Buddhism in our Multi-Faith days throughout each academic year.
RE lessons are enquiry based where children are encouraged to ask questions of their own and to answer a deeper, mastery question at the end of each unit of learning.
The impact of the RE curriculum is evident in both the work children produce and through frequent pupil voice opportunities throughout the year. Questionnaires are used to gain an insight into children’s opinions and attitudes to learning in RE. They are also valuable when assessing children’s subject knowledge about their current, and prior learning in this subject area. End of unit assessments enable teachers to gather and measure children’s understanding of skills and core concepts being taught in RE.
At Borrow Wood Primary School, everything that we do is with our children in mind. Strong relationships are built between pupils and staff which create an atmosphere for learning that is conducive to success.
Through the teaching of RE, we seek to ensure that all children develop their own spirituality, whilst fostering an appreciation and greater understanding of other faith traditions. Regular assemblies and celebrations of religious and non-religious festivals and events, implemented alongside weekly RE lessons, help to celebrate the diversity of the wider community in Derby.