Religious Education is an important part of the Curriculum. It is not a National Curriculum subject, but it does have to be taught in accordance to the Locally Agreed Syllabus. Religious Education is taught as both a discrete subject and also through cross curricular working.
At Peel Hall we follow the Discovery RE scheme, this is an enquiry based approach to Religious Education, which meets the requirements of the Locally Agreed Syllabus. Children are taught across the school from the Foundation stage to Year 6, using the scheme of work. The scheme takes into account the religious backgrounds of children in our school. Children learn about some of the major world religions including Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism. The Scheme encourages children to appreciate diversity and variety in religion and cultures, whilst at the same time examining common threads and expectations between religions. The scheme supports our work in relation to delivering British Values as well as allowing and encouraging discussions between pupils, which celebrate common themes, which are explored.
Below is the link for the scheme of work: https://discoveryschemeofwork.com/discovery-re-in-detail/
Religious Education is assessed using formative assessments at the end of each lesson and the recording of how well children have understood, is recorded using the Discovery Approach assessment sheets. These link with each theme that is being taught half termly.
In addition to the teaching of Religious Education in the classroom, the children also take part in celebrating different festivals and cultures as part of assemblies and at a whole school level.
Collective Worship within school is carried out on a daily basis. On Monday and Tuesday there are whole school assemblies delivered by the senior leadership team. On a Wednesday, we have a singing assembly, which incorporates collective worship. On a Thursday class teachers carry out collective worship within their classrooms and on a Friday we have class assemblies or celebratory assemblies, which incorporate an act of worship.
Collective Worship at Peel Hall may involve a prayer, a reflection or a song, which allows children to share a few moments thinking about a common theme, so as to help the children feel a sense of unity and belonging.
As subject leader my role is to promote Religious Education and Collective Worship throughout the school and to monitor the impact of teaching upon pupils.
Subject leader – Mrs L Leigh