At Coppice Primary School and Nursery, Religious Education has a significant role for the development of children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs and encourages children to develop their sense of identify and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. The principle aim of RE is to engage children in an enquiry approach where they can develop an understanding and appreciation for the expression of beliefs, cultural practices and influence of principle religions and working in the local, national and wider global community.
The Derbyshire 2020 – 2025 syllabus for RE aims to ensure all children:
- Know about and understands a range of religions and worldviews.
- Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and world views.
- Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and world views.
Religious Education plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHE in promoting social awareness and understanding in our children. Teaching should encourage children to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. Teaching should include and promote British values, ensuring that children are aware of their rights and responsibilities as UK citizens. High quality Religious Education should inspire the children to be knowledgeable, respectful and thoughtful of people close to them, within their community and around the world, regardless of their beliefs. Teaching should encourage the children to be aware of misjudgements and misconceptions that sometimes occur when looking at religions and beliefs.
At Coppice Primary School and Nursery, we provide a progressive curriculum for Religious Education using the Derbyshire agreed syllabus. We provide teachers with unit plans for all year groups and supplement them with Discovery RE units of work for some year groups. The unit plans are detailed and provide objectives which can be met through a wide range of activities – often cross curricular where the children can develop and embed skills such as speaking and listening and art and design.
Our RE teaching begins in Early Years focussing on what children already know and what is special to them. Knowledge and skills are built upon as children move through school. We know our children well and acknowledge that some have had limited experiences of the wider world. We have further enriched our curriculum with trips to places of worship in our local area including local churches and other places of worship. Members of the local Churches support our teaching on Christianity. We use the Open Centre in Derby to support our RE teaching including the use of workshops such as experiencing a Hindu wedding. This enables our children to have experiences that they would not ordinarily have access to in their family lives, making the learning of key skills and information memorable. Children also take part in discussions and activities surrounding religious festivals such as the Nativity, Christingle, Holi, Diwali, Eid, Chinese New Year and Easter. Our Religious Education curriculum is accessible to all of our children, and we provide appropriate levels of support and challenge where it is required. During RE lessons the children will develop skills and knowledge independently but they are also given the opportunity to share and discuss ideas and feelings whilst encouraged to listen to peers to take on other thoughts and feelings.
Children at Coppice Primary School and Nursery enjoy learning about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion. Through high quality RE teaching and learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world, developing an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life. As such, RE is invaluable in an ever changing and shrinking world. This is achievable with a new syllabus celebrates differences.
Assessment criteria has been developed in line with the expectations laid out in the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus. Assessment statements identify what children are expected to know, understand and the skills they should be able to apply related to the attainment targets for each key stage. The Derbyshire Agreed syllabus has been carefully divided into progression of skills. To enable teachers to make an accurate assessment of the children’s learning the following takes place:
- Half termly assessments have been created using the objectives that the children should have achieved within a given unit/half term. These are sent to the RE co-ordinator each half term for monitoring purposes.
- Lessons are planned in conjunction with the yearly overview. Units of work are provided to ensure that quality teaching is taking place.
- Class floor books are used to record practical RE learning in all year groups.
- Children’s exercise books are marked on a regular basis following the whole schools marking policy.
- RE triangulation monitoring takes place with the subject leader, headteacher and RE Governor on a regular basis.
- Children in the EYFS are assessed against Development Matters within the understanding the world and personal, social and emotional development strands termly. At the end of the EYFS the children are assessed against the ELG’s.
- Tapestry is used to record RE learning in EYFS on a regular basis.
RE Overview for the whole school
RE Assessment booklets for Key Stage One and Key Stage Two
Please click on the year group animal below to download our assessment booklets so you can see what our expectations are at the end of each unit for the children in each year group:
Key Stage One
Key Stage Two
RE Action plan - 2022 - 2023
Miss Harrison is the RE co-ordinator for the school and will be supporting the staff in teaching and learning in RE during the year.
Seeing RE in action in our school this year!
Look at our Harvest photographs to see how we celebrated Harvest in our school in October!!
Harvest time at Coppice
What have we achieved so far - 2022 - 2023
We have been busy busy:
- A new scheme of work has been written for Year Four to support learning in Buddhism
- Teachers are happy with the units of work taught so far and feel we have a good range of resources - RE surgery feedback afternoon from staff
- Resources have been audited
- An updated RE policy has been created.
- This webpage has been created and will be updated regularly!
- Members of the local Church has been in during our Harvest Festivals where families came and celebrated this event with us!
- Reception class have worked with the Open Centre to have a Hindu Wedding.
- Reception class have visited the local Church to have a Christian wedding
- Nativity productions for EYFS and KS1 classes
- Year Two have taken part in an Easter experience in Church with Reverend Padley
- Staff meeting to carry out an RE scrutiny so everyone is involved in this and can see expectations and progression through school.
- Pupil voice monitoring activities have started so we can take on board the views of the children in regards RE teaching in our school.
- Further links with the Open Centre are being developed.