RE - The Oakmeadow Way
At Oakmeadow, our RE curriculum is designed to help young people develop knowledge and understanding of religious experiences, insights, beliefs and practices. It enables children to understand and respect some of the practices and beliefs from the major world faiths, with due emphasis on Christianity, as stipulated nationally.
We value enriching the children’s spiritual and moral development nurturing a sense of family by working in partnership with home, church and the community and build a culture of love for all. Our Christian character has a high profile across school. Christian values are made explicit and embedded into daily life across the school through our values: love, respect, honesty & integrity, faith, teamwork and resilience.
Our enquiry based approach ensures the children not only learn knowledge but crucially develop an understanding of the world of religion and how beliefs impact on daily lives. Children are encouraged to explore questions within their own beliefs and develop a sensitivity to the beliefs and cultures of others, and acknowledge the right to not believe. Questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God or ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
We aim to deliver challenging RE that helps children develop into empathic, confident students who can discuss, debate, ask questions and seek answers in a compassionate way. We seek to equip pupils with knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and non-religious worldviews. To develop the capacity to participate positively as members of a diverse society and a globalising world. We seek to enable pupils to develop their own views, values and identity. To learn to articulate clear and coherent accounts of their personal beliefs, opinions, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to have different views, values and ways of life.
We develop an aptitude for dialogue in pupils and the capacity to participate positively as members of a diverse society and a globalising world - to enable them to make a difference in the world they inherit.
As part of our RE curriculum, we work closely with our local church Christchurch, Bayston Hill (website link below) which provides our children with extensive enrichment activities such as Open Book assemblies weekly, workshops run by church staff and activity sessions within the church building. We have monthly church services at Christchurch to which families are invited.
The RE curriculum we follow in Oakmeadow is based on the big questions from the Shropshire Agreed Syllabus which we deliver through Discovery RE and Understanding Christianity. We use an enquiry-based approach to teaching and learning to learn about some of the different religions in the world and to learn from religion; ie. to reflect and explore questions about spirituality at the child’s own level. The exploration of questions is largely covered through discussions and sharing of ideas. The questions are both stimulating and challenging, and provide opportunities for children to gain important insights into their own beliefs and values as well as those represented in the religions being studied.
The children develop a deeper appreciation of the spiritual, moral and natural world around them through videos, exploring artefacts and pictures, workshops, visiting speakers and visits outside school.
Across the school two thirds of the RE curriculum is the study of Christianity with the addition of Judaism in KS1 and Hinduism and Islam in KS2. The children are equipped to:
describe, explain and analyse religious and non-religious beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between individuals and communities
identify and investigate the questions posed and the responses offered by the world’s religions and non-religious worldviews;
appraise the nature and significance of religion and non-religious worldviews; and appreciate the impact of faith, beliefs and values on individuals and communities
know and understand a range of responses to questions of meaning, purpose and truth
develop the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and non-religious worldviews, so that they can: describe them, interpret text, consider, analyse, and appraise evidence critically; explain some of the key concepts that underpin them; and articulate beliefs and values clearly in order to explain the reasons why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.
Mrs Julie Kirby