RE Policy Feb 11 by d7qPyB


									       Bramley Vale Primary School

Ratified by the Governing
      Date: 1 February 11
   Minute No LT19/11

(To be reviewed every 2 years)
                      Together Everyone Achieves More

Vision statement:

        ‘To create an excellent and challenging learning environment for the
        future through the promotion of creativity, high aspirations and

        ‘To create a supportive, caring atmosphere of mutual respect,
        extending to the wider community’


Safe                 To provide a safe, secure environment, with equality for
Healthy              To promote healthy hearts and minds.
Achieve              To provide an enjoyable education where children
                     achieve and meet their full potential.
Responsibility       To instil responsibility for themselves, others and the
                     wider world.
Enterprising         To develop learners who understand their future
                     wellbeing and aspire to be the best they can be.

                                  R.E. POLICY


All schools are legally required to teach R.E. to all pupils on roll. This has one
exception where parents use their right to withdraw their children from the
subject. Along with English, Mathematics, Science and ICT, R.E. is a part of
the core curriculum. To fulfil this requirement, Bramley Vale Primary School is
committed to using the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus for R.E. 2008 – 2013.


R.E. makes a distinctive contribution to the school curriculum by developing
pupils’ knowledge and understanding of religion, religious beliefs, practices,
language and traditions and their influence on individuals, communities,
societies and cultures. It enables pupils to consider and respond to a range of
important questions relating to their own spiritual development, the
development of values and attitudes and fundamental questions concerning
the meaning and purpose of life.


There are two attainment targets for R.E. which reflect their aims concisely:

Attainment Target 1
Learning about religions:
Religious perspectives

This includes exploring and examining religious beliefs, spirituality, teachings,
worship, practices, behaviour and ways of expressing meaning.
Attainment Target 2
Learning from religion:
Human experience

 This includes exploring and responding to questions of identity, diversity,
 belonging, experience, meaning, purpose, value, commitment and

Curriculum Time

In order to deliver the agreed syllabus it is recommended that the following
curriculum time is required for teaching R.E.:

       KS1: 36 hours of tuition per year
       KS2: 45 hours of tuition per year


       Curriculum time for R.E. is distinct from the time schools may spend on
        collective worship or school assembly.

Programme of Study

The programme of study for R.E. in the agreed syllabus sets out the
requirement for R.E. teaching at each stage of education. At Bramley Vale,
we use the programme of study for Foundation Stage/Reception, Key Stage 1
and Key Stage 2. The different units are briefly summarised by an overview
of the questions which the Agreed Syllabus addresses, (table listed as
Appendix 1). The units are designed to enable planned progression for
The document “Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage”
forms the basis for the curriculum used by the Foundation unit Their R E
activities come under the headings:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
 Form good relationships with adults and peers
 Understand that there is a need to be agreed values and codes of behaviour
for groups of people, including adults and children, to work harmoniously.
Understand that people have different needs, views, cultures and beliefs that
need to be treated with respect.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Begin to know about their own cultures and beliefs and those of other people.

Assessment, Monitoring and Recording

The R.E. Co-ordinator will monitor medium term and weekly planning to
ensure the content is appropriate, that there is progression and continuity and
that there is an opportunity for assessment.

Assessment of pupils’ learning is linked to the attainment levels in the
Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus and in the National Curriculum. Teachers will
provide informed feedback to pupils either verbally or through marking of
work. They will also form the basis for reporting to parents. Teachers’ plans,
along with samples of work, will be moderated regularly to ensure coverage,
continuity and progress. Time allocation will also be monitored by the Co-


Our resources have been boxed and labelled and have been placed in our
Resources Room. The Co-ordinator can provide the accompanying CD ROM
for the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus as well as providing websites that can be
used to enhance our teaching and learning.
                                                         Appendix 1

                     The different units of the Agreed Syllabus taught at each Key Stage are
                     designed to enable planned progression in skills for pupils. This page gives
                     an overview of the questions which the Agrees Syllabus addresses:

                     Foundation – KS2

                     Foundation/Reception     KS1                               KS2
                      What times are          How do Christians                How and why do Christians
                         special?                  celebrate special               celebrate?
                                                   festivals?                    How and why do Hindus
                                                  How do Jews celebrate           celebrate?
                                                   special festivals?            Why are festivals and

                                                   How are events in the           celebrations important to us
                                                   pupils’ lives celebrated?       all?
                                                                                 Why does a Muslim want to go
                                                                                   to Makkah once in a lifetime?

                        What places are          In what ways is the place     Why is the Bible so important to
                         special?                  of worship important to         Christians today?
                                                   believers?                    What does a pilgrim get out of
                                                  What can you learn from         their sacred journey?
                                                   religious artefacts?          What is the purpose and value

                                                   How do people use music         of a sacred place?
                                                   to thank God?                 What can we learn from prayers
                                                                                   and meditations?

                        What stories are         What stories of Jesus tell    What can be learnt from the
                         special?                  Christians how to                Muslim way of life?
                                                   behave?                       What can we learn from
                                                                                    religions about temptations?
                                                                                 What makes a leader worth
Belief and

                                                                                    What can be learnt from
                                                                                    studying Jesus?

                        What is special about    How do creation stories   What do the religions say to us
                         the natural world?        say how the world began?    about our beliefs?
Ways of seeing the

                                                  How should the world be   How could people who are
                                                   treated and why?            different share the world’s
                                                                               good things more fairly?
                                                                             What religions are found in our
                                                                             How do people express their

                                                                               faith through art?

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