Religious Education and World Views

Subject Statement: Intent, Implementation and Impact

Subject: Religious Education & Worldviews
Subject Lead: Miss Principe
At Victoria Junior School, we believe that it is vital for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. Through Religious Education, pupils develop their knowledge of the world faiths, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. We also aim to develop pupils’ metacognitive skills through the ‘Plan, Do, Review’ approach which runs throughout our curriculum.
At Victoria Junior School we follow the RE schemes of learning through Discovery RE – an enquiry-based model so children’s critical thinking skills can be developed, their motivation to learn will be increased, and their knowledge and understanding of, and empathy with people and their beliefs, religious or otherwise, will be enhanced.  This is a whole school approach to Religious Education for the Primary School, comprising of detailed medium-term planning covering Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism and Humanism (with a greater emphasis being placed on Christianity).
The RE schemes of learning set out a progressive and sequenced programme evidenced by the learning intentions written into all the materials.
Discovery RE is structured to provide knowledge and skills development, with application of these to the children’s lives within and beyond school.
We visit different places of worship such as St Dunstan’s Church in Year 3, St Lawrence church in Year 4, a Gurdwara in Year 5 and a mosque in Year 6. Year 3 perform a Christmas play as part of one of their RE topics.
Through the high quality teaching of RE & Worldviews taking place, we will see the impact of the subject in different ways.
Through pupil voice, children are able to talk enthusiastically about the skills and knowledge they have acquired. They are highly engaged in their learning and motivated to find out more. Children will complete research independently through projects and competitions to further their own enjoyment about their religious and non-religious worldviews.
Books show that a range of RE & Worldview topics are being covered and links within the curriculum are made where meaningful and engaging learning set as appropriate. The school environment will be rich in RE & Worldviews through displays, books and artefacts available.