"Learning about different religions helps us respect differences in the world and see what makes us the same" - K Former Snape pupil
We want Snape pupils to be able to look through the 'window' to see, appreciate and understand the different beliefs that make up different religions of the world. We wish for them to respect those and understand why people have different beliefs that are sacred to them. We also want our pupils to see the many similarities between tenets; that when they 'look in the mirror' at themselves they may also see common morals and threads amongst world religions. RE is taught in accordance with the aims of the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus. Particularly relevant to our school is the aim which states:
‘Religious Education should help pupils to develop a positive attitude towards other people, respecting their right to hold different beliefs from their own, and towards living in a society of many religions and beliefs"
We follow the Suffolk Emmanuel scheme of work which is based around the notion that all humans have viewpoints, lenses through which they see the world. In Snape RE lessons pupils are encouraged to understand that‘everybody stands somewhere’ i.e. has a personal worldview which affects how they see life, the world around them and other poeple. The Emmanuel Project is based on clear theological concepts / exploring text or narrative, connects with faith community life, and looks at impact on an individual’s life. This scheme of work provides children with a wide range of inspiring opportunities following a three step learning process of Engage, Enquire and Evaluate.
RE is taught at least half a term every term, for 30 mins-1 hour a week depending on the activity/discussion. The Emmanuel scheme enables us to study Christianity every year plus 1 or 2 different faiths across the year. These faiths are explored through key questions to support children understand basic tenets of religions.
Children show respect , engagement and an ability to discuss the 'big' questions where they draw on their own learning-apparent in discussions, in their responses in books, drama and artwork. When they discuss those big questions they are able to refer to the different religions they have learnt about over time and express their own opinions using knowledge of all those religions. Snape children leave knowing about the different faiths in the world and show care and respect to whether they hold similar views or different views to others. Pupil's understanding is checked at regular points through mini quizzes, prrof of progress short activities, questioning. The Emmanuel project is based around Engage, Enquire and Evaluate and allows for space and key questions to used to evaluate understanding and, therefore, check on misconceptions/gaps.
Religious education is monitored through a variety of methods to ensure that the children are receiving a consistent progression throughout the school. This is achieved through book looks, learning walks, pupil one to ones and regular feedback in each lesson.