We are developing our Religious Education Curriculum in 2021-22, after extensive development of other subjects previously.
Currently, we follow the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. We encourage children to develop their skills of critical thinking, being curious and asking questions about other faiths in order to understand and respect the importance of religious beliefs in the world around them. Education about all of the major religions, with an emphasis on Christianity takes place regularly in every class. We aim to ensure RE is challenging, dynamic and relevant to pupils of all ages and this includes trips to various places of worship in different year groups.
Any parent has the right to request that their child be withdrawn from all or part of Religious Education, but we would ask that parents wishing to do so come to school to discuss with us the full implications of withdrawal from this important part of the curriculum. To help any parents we always try to inform them of any visits or activities which may be more sensitive in this area.
We have done a lot of research into how children learn, how best to encourage retention and support retrieval, how to lessen the forgetting curve and how to best design tasks for generative learning. We are proud of our skills and knowledge progression for other subjects. This approach will now be taken with RE to ensure we have a fully purposeful and progressive curriculum. We will take the best parts of our current provision and combine them with our knowledge of how children learn and how best to ensure progression, to produce an exciting updated curriculum for RE this year.
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