Intent

RE teaching at Kirtlington is based on our school vision that we wish to broaden the horizons of our children and expose them to different views and beliefs in order to foster tolerance of others and the opportunity to experience different ideas and develop their own beliefs and spirituality.  (See our full statement intent for our Vision below).

The aim is to develop curiosity in pupils and equip them for future learning about, as well as enabling them to make sense of, the complex world of religious and non-religious worldviews.  (Taken from ODBE Schools Intent for the diocese scheme of work.)

Implementation

Our RE curriculum is based on the Oxfordshire Diocese Scheme of work and the Understanding Christianity resource. We take account of the National Statement of Entitlement for RE and teach 50% Christianity and 50% other main world religions – Hinduism, Judaism and Islam. We teach each of these four main religions every year in order to build progression and enable older pupils to be able to think at a greater depth about the Big Questions which thread through each unit.

Each RE unit is taught through the three lens of; Theological lens (making sense of the text and what we should know), Philosophical lens (understanding the impact and what we should think about) and Social Sciences lens (making connections and understanding differences between thoughts) which are shown on the knowledge organiser that is produced and used for each new unit. Each unit is also started with a mind-map or questionnaire which is repeated at the end of the unit to show progression in each unit.

Our R.E. curriculum is enriched through the use of visitors and visits which have a valuable role in providing pupils with access to outside experiences and expertise. They also provide a link with the wider community and give our children first hand experiences of other faiths through visits to a variety of different places of worship and by meeting with people of different faiths.

Impact

Children at Kirtlington will have been exposed to different views and beliefs which they will be able to talk about, ask questions about and give their own opinions about. Pupils will understand that there are different ways of interpreting texts, and that different people reach different conclusions about what is true, good, right, and wrong. They will understand that there are many different views and beliefs and will develop tolerance, curiosity and the ability to investigate, learn about and question others and their own beliefs.

 

Statement Intent for Vision

Based on the context of our school and the views of children, staff and governors, we decided that we wish to broaden the children’s horizons and expose them to different views, beliefs and lifestyles to their own. To therefore foster an understanding that there are many different viewpoints to their own and to foster an understanding that there are other beliefs than the ones they have grown up with, which have equal importance. This will then foster tolerance of others and the opportunity to experience different ideas and develop their own beliefs and spirituality.

We want to produce well rounded children who realise that there are people with differences in gender, ethnicity, sexuality, religion and beliefs but that all people are equally important, unique and special.

We want them to accept and celebrate what we are and what others are too and we want them to know that we can be whatever we want to be by striving to be the best we can be using our God given talents, perseverance and resilience.