Religion & Ethics

Curriculum Intent

 

At Istead Rise we aim for all children to become aware of the world’s religions and to develop a tolerance and understanding of people’s beliefs and cultures. We teach Religion and Ethics to all children with the intention to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage pupils to consider different points of view and to respect these. We wish to equip them with the knowledge and skills to think about and discuss challenging questions, explore different religious values and traditions and develop a more rigorous understanding and appreciation of people in a multicultural world. 

Curriculum Implementation

In order to facilitate meaningful discussions and provide a stimulating learning environment, we have developed our own Religion and Ethics curriculum which focuses on one theme per term. The themes chosen will ensure that children are exposed to various religions and will be able explore the beliefs, practices and traditions associated with them. The themes are: 

  • Morality

  • Tolerance

  • Living Things/ Life

  • Sacredness

  • Celebrations

  • Culture

We believe that we can provide every child with accessible learning by ensuring that questions are age appropriate, work is engaging and interesting and children are able to think deeply about their learning.  By dedicating a whole day per term to each ‘theme’, children will be able to take part in discussions and form their own ideas and unbiased opinions and produce thoughtful pieces of work. We keep a record of children’s achievements in a class ‘big book’ where photographs of creative activities and written work are presented. Children’s work is assessed by the class teacher who will ask open-ended questions and observe children’s work carefully so that lessons can be adapted and enhanced to reflect the needs of the class and school community as a whole. 

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