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 enhance our religious curriculum with trips to various places of worship.
At Longshaw, the R.E. curriculum is designed to provide learners with the opportunity to explore and understand their own values and beliefs and those of others in their immediate community and beyond. A depth of knowledge, understanding and acceptance is important for personal growth and for the development of a broader education. It is also crucial for the development of cohesive, tolerant and caring communities.
In a London borough such as Waltham Forest, with its wide diversity of faith, culture and ethnicity, and a Town motto of ‘Fellowship is Life’, it is essential to have a comprehensive RE syllabus that promotes and supports these values. Consequently, our R.E. curriculum is guided by that set out by the Waltham Forest SACRE.
In R.E. lessons, pupils get the opportunity to delve into systematic enquiry 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. This enables pupils to become members of society who understand and have a respect for others as well as well- considered views of their own.
Our Religious Education Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes for Religious Education
- Pupil discussions about their learning
In our RE programme children are challenged in their thought process to acknowledge, accept and understand different religions and ways of thinking. By visiting different places of worship, handling different artefacts, being immersed in culture, food, singing, dancing, festivals children will build up not only a tolerance but a deep respect for our community and the wider world we live in.
RE Whole School Plan