Religious Education Curriculum Statement

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Religious Education at COPA has a significant role for the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs and encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. The intent of RE at COPA considers Article 9 of the Human Rights as a foundation – the freedom of thought, belief and religion; as well as the British value of mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, and for those without faith.

Religious Education is unique in the school curriculum in that it is neither a core nor a foundation subject, however the Guidance released in 2010 views it as an important curriculum subject. Following both the KAS (Kent Agreed Syllabus)and the religions represented in the school community at COPA, the religions that are covered are built upon these with attention given to Christianity as the predominant religion. In line with KAS, ‘The principle aim of RE is to engage pupils in an inquiry approach into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.’  In child friendly language, ‘RE explores big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.’

The key aims for religious education are reflected in the two attainment targets: Attainment Target 1- Learning about region and belief; Attainment target 2- Learning from religion and belief.

The development of knowledge, skills and understanding focuses on these two key aspects of learning in Religious Education at COPA. Through a scheme of work ‘Discovery RE’, we deliver the RE curriculum through a question that the children explore. This ties in with our inquiry approach and encourages children to explore the depth of these questions in a safe environment of mutual respect, modeled primarily by the adults in the classroom. RE does not try to persuade but rather to inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place.

Each term, year groups have the opportunity to take part in RE lessons or RE days to give the opportunity for students to understand and build on skills around the subject with knowledge being built up and explored throughout the term or day. Where possible and appropriate, teachers will include or make reference to RE through their termly themed inquiries. This ensures that connections are made throughout their learning in a meaningful way. Teachers can use Key and related concepts to make authentic connections with the world around them.  Reference to human rights allows sensitive issues to be discussed in a way that promotes human commonality rather than areas that may keep us apart. The environment that RE is taught is nurtured by teachers to be one of respect and tolerance, where children are listened to and encouraged to understand the beliefs of others whilst feeling safe to maintain their own beliefs. Teachers and adults will be sensitive when teaching about religion and will be objective in its delivery using phrases such as, ‘Christians believe…’, ‘Some Muslims believe…’, ‘Some Hindus express…’ to ensure that there is an appreciation of the breadth of belief and expression by individuals and communities within a global religion.

Experiences and enrichment opportunities at COPA include:

At COPA, we envision our RE curriculum impacting the pupils in the following ways:

The impact our RE curriculum is having is sought in a number of ways, including: