Religious Education

Religious Education at St Oswald’s

Religious Education (RE) lessons take place on a weekly basis at St Oswald’s, although the Christian nature of the school means that the subject is also woven into other topic areas and is clearly evident in the life and ethos of each day.

The children are introduced to the beliefs of Christianity and Judaism in the infants and these teachings are built upon as they enter the juniors, together with beliefs of Islam.

We ensure that as well as teaching the children knowledge about the different faiths they are also given opportunities to reflect on their own beliefs and appreciate the different viewpoints of others and their peers.  We do make sure that there is a distinction between learning about and learning from religion so that personal reflection is not rushed into before spending adequate time learning about each topic.   Throughout this process “Big Questions” are encouraged and children are given opportunities to reconsider their initial thinking, extend their enquiry or re-prioritise their questions.  In order to provide for this we follow the concepts and enquiry planning model:

 

 

The children are engaged through visiting speakers, drama activities, role playing festivals, art work, exploring beliefs in creative and imaginative ways, writing activities, educational visits and studying religious artefacts.

Due to the children being in mixed year group classes each class follows a two-year rolling program (attached), ensuring that all required units are taught.  However, as OFSTED advocate, we ensure that this is not followed too rigidly so that children’s opportunities to engage in broader key ideas or questions are hindered (October 2013).

Within our school calendar we also allow for specific RE days or weeks where we focus on different specific Christian beliefs.  These times allow the children to think more deeply about aspects of Christianity or Christian festivals and usually fall at the beginning or end of the term.

If you have any questions about the RE syllabus please do not hesitate to speak with Mrs Williams. 

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