Religious Education (RE)
Our RE provision at Flora Gardens Primary School aims to offer a rich and wide RE curriculum which will enable children to develop an understanding and appreciation for expression of beliefs and cultural practices. Children will understand the relevance of RE in today’s modern world and understand a range of religions and world views.
We are a diverse community, which seeks to celebrate many international days and festivals, religious celebrations and events over the course of each year and deliver these in a secular manner. Our expectation is that all pupils take part in these events.
Our Religious Education provision at Flora Gardens Primary School aims to offer a rich and wide RE curriculum through exploration and enquiry. Our intent is to enable children to develop an understanding and appreciation for the expression of beliefs and cultural practices, inclusive of their own, in line with our school values. Opportunities will allow for children to develop positive attitudes and relate their learning in Religious Education to their own experiences and understand the relevance of Religious Education in today’s modern world. Religious Education is taught throughout the school in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and philosophy of our school and by the time pupils have left Flora Gardens Primary School, they will appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society, understand a range of religions and world views and the role British values play in ensuring a cohesive community.
It has been agreed that having taken into account the requirements and guidelines presented in the Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education in Hammersmith & Fulham, the following religions have been selected for study:
- Humanism (Year 1 – Year 3)
- Sikhism (Year 3 – Year 6)
All year groups from Year 1 to Year 6 will receive an hour of specialist teaching each week from the RE Coordinator. In Key Stage 1, using key concepts common to all people, children begin to look at religions and world views focusing on core beliefs, celebrations and rituals. In Key Stage 2, learning opportunities about the world’s religions and world views enable children to gain a deeper understanding of key stories and the impact on society. They will explore concepts shared by all people as well as those shared by many religions and concepts distinctive to particular religions. Many approaches are used to deliver Religious Education inclusive of class discussions, group activities, role play and excursions which offers the opportunity for personal growth and development by encouraging pupils to ask questions and promote shared values. Children are encouraged to use correct terminology during discussion and supported to do so with the use of a knowledge organiser that outlines the key knowledge, skills and Tier 2 and 3 vocabulary.
Assessment for learning opportunities are built into each lesson during comprehensive medium term planning which includes prior learning to be built on and progression statements. Planned appropriate challenge and differentiation ensures development of knowledge and skills as children progress from Key Stage 1 to the end of Key Stage 2 which is assessed using low stakes quizzes at the beginning, middle and end of each half term. This encourages children to integrate learning into their long-term memory and is a useful tool to monitor progression.
Children will have a better understanding of religious affiliations of United Kingdom citizens and how to work alongside each other in line with both our school and British values to create a harmonious community.
Children at Flora Gardens will be enabled to develop the vocabulary needed for correct explanations and respectful opinions of other views and cultures.
Children will be able to talk confidently about their well-being, moral and cultural development in our unique London society and will have built their sense of identity and belonging.
Children will be inquisitive, respectful, tolerant and understanding to those around them.
The impact of our Religious Education provision will be measured by regular assessment for learning in class, low stakes quizzes and half-termly teacher assessments against the RE progression statements.