Subject leader Mrs Binks – Headteacher
This is our Intent, Implementation and Impact statement for RE. RE Intent, Implementation and Impact
At Sunnybrow Primary School we follow the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Durham 2020. This is a document that was written and agreed by the Durham Agreed Syllabus Conference for use by all County Durham schools.
There are 3 key elements in the teaching of RE. They are:
- Knowledge and Understanding of Religion
- Critical Thinking
- Personal Reflection
Within these 3 elements there are a variety of skills to be developed. The knowledge and understanding element develops skills of investigation, enquiry, application and synthesis. The critical thinking element develops skills of analysis, evaluation, interpretation and expression. The personal reflection element develops skills of reflection, response and empathy. Throughout all of the units that are taught, teachers provide opportunities for children to develop these skills alongside gaining knowledge about each of the religions.
Children are taught about different religions throughout their time in school though there is an emphasis on Christianity. There are 4 key concepts that the children learn about in relation to each religion.
Belief – What are the key beliefs within each religion?
Authority – How do people know what to believe? Who are the founders and leaders of the religion? What are the holy books and teachings of each religion?
Expression of Belief – How do the followers of each religion express their beliefs? What are the different forms of expression? How belonging and commitment is expressed through ceremonies, rituals and symbols.
Impact of Belief – The values, actions and attitudes affected by beliefs. How does belief and worship affect what people feel and think and how they act and behave? How is identity, belonging and commitment expressed?
As we teach in mixed age classes, there is a 2-year cycle for the curriculum which is divided into Cycle A and Cycle B. The long term plans shows which units from the Agreed Syllabus are taught when.
While much of the learning takes place in the classroom, we endeavour to take the children to visit different religious buildings in the wider community and invite visitors from different faiths to talk to the children in school.