At Wrenbury Primary School, Religious Education is an important part of the school curriculum and is taught relevant to the child's stage of development and experience. We seek to provide a clearer idea of what religion is about, the importance that it plays in many people's lives and how that faith is expressed in their
daily lives and routines.
Our aims in the teaching of RE are:
Teaching and Learning
RE is taught mainly as a discrete subject at Wrenbury Primary School. However, there are times when RE is woven into the school's cross-curricular Learning Journey planning.
In EYFS, children are taught RE through the area of Knowledge and Understanding of The World. The Foundation Stage (and KS1) forms the basis of children's future understanding and therefore should begin with children's own experiences and feelings, particularly around 'special times, people, places and objects/symbols'. Many opportunities are given for thinking, talking, listening and responding to others respectfully. Much emphasis is placed on valuing and caring for other people in our local community and also for children to relate their understanding to a wider/global community.
In KS1 and KS2, RE is taught discretely in half termly units focusing on the following concepts through the main religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam or occasionally as part of a cross-curricular approach e.g. through PSHE, history, geography, art or as part of a focus day or period of time e.g. Christmas and Easter. In KS2, similar opportunities are offered to those in EYFS and KS1 and children are encouraged to openly discuss their understanding, opinions and attitudes about religion. They are given time to reflect on what the religious ideas and concepts mean to them and promote their own spiritual growth and development.
The teaching of RE in KS1 and 2 is taught through the following concepts:
The teaching is initiated with a 'Big' question that promotes the learning of the half termly concept. A variety of teaching methods are used to teach RE at Wrenbury Primary School including role play/drama, stories, music, video, research, objects and artefacts . Visitors to school are encouraged to give children the opportunity to listen to and ask questions about another person's experiences of living/celebrating through different faiths. Children also visit St Margaret's Church in the village.
Whilst Collective Worship is separate to the teaching of RE, Collective Worship may be used to enhance the RE curriculum.