At The Rissington School, our Religious Education curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
Our RE provision supports our school’s key aims to ‘Aspire’ – by promoting mutual respect; ‘Belong’ – by celebrating different views, nurturing co-operation and understanding between all members of our community, and actively promoting British Values, ensuring our pupils are responsible members of the global community; and ‘Challenge’ – by promoting respect for the views of people of all cultures, allowing opportunities to challenge and question concepts, ideas and stereotypes, and to value the spiritual development of each person.
We follow the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE 2017-2022, which has three core elements to its teaching and learning approach: to ‘make sense’ of the religions and beliefs studied; to ‘understand the impact’ of these beliefs in people’s lives; and to ‘make connections’ in their learning and their wider experience of the world. These core elements provide a structure through which pupils can encounter diverse religious traditions alongside non-religious world views, and present a broad and flexible strategy that allows for different traditions to be treated with integrity. We adopt a ‘key question’ approach to learning, where the questions open up content to be studied.
As children move through the school, the teaching and learning units covered in the Gloucestershire Syllabus enable coherence and ensure progression in relation to the end of phase outcomes. Each phase builds on prior learning and skills, and teachers know what has been covered in previous years so that they can move the children’s learning on.
Within the units of study, all pupils develop an understanding of Christianity in each key stage. Pupils will also develop understanding of the principal religions represented in the UK, in line with the law. Furthermore, non-religious worldviews are the focus for study in thematic units. Festivals of different faiths are celebrated e.g Diwali in Reception, and enrichment opportunities linked with Art, Dance and Music are provisioned. Where possible, trips are organised to support learning outside of the classroom.
We have no religious affiliation, but we encourage an ecumenical approach and enjoy regular visits from the local Ministry team/clergy who lead acts of Worship once a week. On other days, we have a morning Act of Worship, including a special weekly Celebration Assembly, which celebrates the week’s achievements. We have a service in the Church at Harvest, Christmas, Easter and in July for our end of year service.
We are unique at The Rissington School because we are a split site school. While we embrace the differences this might bring we also are clear that children at both sites belong to one school and receive the same RE provision.