What is the intent of our Religious Education curriculum?
All of our children are taught within the framework of the government’s National Curriculum. Religious Education is taught to all pupils using the Leicester City agreed syllabus.
Our approach at Bridge Junior School is to encourage students to be ‘young citizens of conscience’ and life-long learners through a thinking community. Our aims in RE are to enable pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. We aim to enable them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community. Throughout the curriculum, students are enabled to celebrate and foster an awareness of the many nationalities, cultures and faith groups represented in our school and the wider world. We believe, Religious Education encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging.
We focus on enabling pupils to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in the United Kingdom. Our children will learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. We intend to challenge pupils to enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by:- Developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences, and of how religious teachings and other beliefs can relate to them; respond to such questions with reference to the teachings and practices of religions and other belief systems, relating them to their own understanding and experience; reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study. The progression of these skills throughout the school, allows the students to build on existing knowledge and skills to become confident and independent thinkers with positive attitudes and respect. We intend to deliver a Religious Education curriculum that prepares pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning, in an increasingly diverse world.
How will we implement our Religious Education curriculum?
We provide a cross-curricular scheme of work that provides coverage in line with the National Curriculum. At Bridge, Religious Education lessons are taught from The Locally Agreed Syllabus for Leicester: Harmony and Diversity, following the latest 2019 update/guidance and is enhanced with the Cornerstones ‘Love to Celebrate’ units. At Bridge, it has been agreed that having taken into account the requirements of the Locally Agreed Syllabus, the following religions have been selected for study, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. From the syllabus, it is required that at KS2, Christianity is studied and 2 other religions are studied at depth.
The RE curriculum is designed while taking the students age and developmental stage into consideration. In LKS2, the RE lessons are from the strands of ‘Beliefs and Festivals’, ‘Creation/Green issues and Values’, ‘Celebrating New Life’, ‘Symbolism and Deeper Meanings behind Celebrations’, while the RE lessons in UKS2 are from the strands of ‘Worship and Sacred Texts’, ‘Inspiration, Wisdom and Temptation, ‘My Neighbour and Leicester: A diverse City’, ‘Marriage and Death’ and ‘Justice and Poverty’. Across all year groups, our teaching facilitates progression and continuity as well as consistency so that pupils move into secondary school with a good foundation in terms of knowledge and understanding in RE.
There are no presumptions made as to the religious background, beliefs and values of the children and staff. We value the backgrounds of all members of our school community and hope that this will encourage individuals to share their own experiences with others freely. Our students have the opportunity to engage in systematic enquiry into challenging questions raised by religion and worldviews, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own. Additionally, students also spend time further exploring the key issues associated with Beliefs in Practice by visiting places of worship. Whole-school Celebration Dinners are planned into the school calendar throughout the year.
We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop their confidence through a curriculum, which promotes self-belief and high aspirations. Children will be provided with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to excel as lifelong learners.
The children at Bridge Junior school enjoy learning about other religions and why people choose to follow a religion or otherwise. Through their RE learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world. They develop an understanding and appreciation of the other religious practises they see in their neighbourhood, city and around the world. RE gives the children an opportunity to ask questions about any religious practices they have seen, with an enquiring mind. Religious Education lessons offer an open and transparent platform/ space for children to share their own perceptions and views, to understand the difference between right and wrong. We want our children to appreciate other cultures and traditions and to respect others. As such, RE is invaluable in a society where differences and prejudices rapidly evolve.
Assemblies and SACRE:
The school does not have a daily act of wholly or broadly Christian worship (Education Act 1948). We successfully applied to SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education) and it was agreed that it was inappropriate in our context. It was acknowledged that our alternative provision was of an outstanding standard.
At Bridge Junior School we believe sincerely in developing every child’s awe and wonder of the world.
We provide a spiritual, moral and cultural compass that complements the profound religious learning in the home.
Each day the school celebrates citizenship and cultural diversity.
Four days a week the school has corporate school assemblies (Year 3/4) and (Year 5/6), led by the leadership team for two days, staff on one and a celebration assembly every Friday.
RE is taught in accordance with the Locally Agreed Religious Education Syllabus for Leicester. Children learn about the six principal religions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism , Islam, Judaism and Christianity through a range of themes and concepts.
Our RE curriculum strongly supports the Relationships & Health Education (RHE) curriculum. RE is enriched with educational visits and school meetings to share deeper meanings of religious celebrations and festivals.
Have a look at the photos above showing displays across the school, sayings on how to live a good life and quotes from children aged 7-14, to help Year 6 children understand how they feel about practising the 5 pillars of Islam.
Examples of R.E. Displays