Why do we teach RE? (Intention)
At Wildground federation we aim to give the children the foundations of religious education skills to prepare them for the diversity and acceptance of many different religions within our culture. We want the children to be educated in these areas so that they have a knowledge of the beliefs that that are practised by different religions and therefore understand and accept that it is up to the individual as to what they believe. Through our teaching of religious education we aim to instil the importance of belonging and how it is acceptable to belong to many different groups or societies.
How do we teach RE? (Implementation)
At Wildground federation religious education is taught through enhanced and continuous provision in EYFS with some teacher led tasks such as religious stories related to festivals. In KS1 and KS2 the subject is taught discreetly but may overlap with other subjects. Wildground Federation uses Living Difference III, which is the Agreed Syllabus for religious education (RE) in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton, and the Isle of Wight. Each unit of work is broken down in a series of lessons that demonstrate the learning journey. The success criteria relates to the five strands of learning: communicate, apply, enquire, contextualise and evaluate. Where possible and relevant, the children will have the opportunity to visit places of worship as well as experience visitors from the local community. We use a variety of ways to teach children including, visits and visitors, stories, video clips, discussions and debates.