At Blackpool CE Primary School we aim to provide our children with a caring and supportive Christian environment. Our Christian values, which develop the children’s spiritual and moral understanding, underpin all areas of school life as we support our children to become valued, caring and responsible members of society. The strong Christian ethos in our school is reflected in our Religious Education curriculum. Following a key-stage appropriate progessional programme of study, children follow the Understanding Christianity programme alongside the Devon and Torbay Agreed Syllabus (2019 – 2024). Big Questions are also play an important part in allowing children to explore their thoughts and ideas. As they explore the subject, children are supported to develop their understanding of Christianity, other religions and world views. Children are taught how to make sense of beliefs, make connections based on their learning and understand their impact of beliefs on themselves, their community and the wider world. Opportunities are also regularly provided for our children to explore their own spirituality.
The principal aim of religious education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
Children begin to encounter religious and non-religious world views through special people, places, books, times and objects. They are encouraged to ask questions and reflect on their own feelings and experiences allowing them to begin to develop their own spirituality.
The objectives covered are linked to the Early Learning Goals and outcomes in:
Communication and language
Personal, social and emotional development
Understanding the World
Expressive arts and design
Key stage 1:
Children study Christianity, Islam, Judaism and explore other world views as they make sense of, make connections between and understand the impact of religious and non-religious beliefs.
Key Stage 2:
Taking a more systematic and detailed approach, children explore Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and non-religious World views such as Humanism. They consider their own beliefs and values and those of others as they develop their learning in Religious Education.
Religion and Ethos at Blackpool
Within Blackpool Primary school, daily collective worship is an important element of every school day. Time for prayer and reflection is encouraged in our classrooms and throughout our school. Teachers and local church leaders lead assemblies which highlight the school’s Christian values. Links are made to connect the learning in Religious Education in the classroom with collective worship. The ‘Big Picture’ image linked to the Understanding Christianity scheme of learning is central to collective worship. The school has strong links with the local church community and plans indicate that all children will visit the local church to deepen their learning every year (subject to this being possible due to Covid19 restrictions) Regular access to the ‘Christian library’ also supports children to develop their own spirituality. The school Ethos group is also pinnacle to driving forward the Christian values of throughout the school. Each term focuses on the core school values of aspire (justice, love, service), flourish(friendship, forgiveness, kindness) and achieve (humility, perseverance and courage). The school also has an annual focus on respect, recognising the need for children ensure children to love their neighbour as themselves and respect the similarities and differences which exists between themselves and the wider global community. The Ethos cup is regularly awarded to celebrate and highlight pupils demonstrating our school Christian values successfully.
Pupils will be assessed at the end of each Unit of work on their religious education knowledge, skills and application, against age-related expectations which are set out in the Devon and Torbay Agreed syllabus. The scheme will use the objectives for a 2 yearly rotation, with pupils in mixed age-classes having 2 academic years to complete the learning objectives for 2 years as outlined by the Devon and Torbay Agreed Syllabus.
There are a range of assessment tools for making Teacher Assessments for Religious Education. Please see the school assessment and feedback policies as well as the assessment methods below.
Each lesson will have an intended learning objective and teachers will make assessments of pupils to ascertain whether pupils have met, not met or partially met the objectives. These judgements will be made against range of evidence including – written/printed evidence, teacher/pupil discussions and conferencing and self or peer reflections.
Mind maps may be used to assess prior learning and again at the end a unit of work to show progress.
End of Unit Assessment tasks can be used to assess the acquisition of skills and knowledge at the end of each unit of work and whether curricular goals have been met. Some more open-ended tasks provide an opportunity for children to demonstrate new learning and learning over time. Teachers will decide if pupils have achieved the age-related level expected or if they have exceeded or need further support in the areas that have been taught. These assessments will also be used to inform the next units of teaching in the progressional planning.
As children reach the end of each Unit at Blackpool School they will have aimed to achieve the following outcomes:
Key Stage One:
Lower Key Stage 2
Upper Key Stage 2