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Religious Education

Intent

 

Our intent is driven by our mission statement, ‘We are friends journeying with Jesus in faith, hope and trust as live, love and learn together.’

We believe in supporting children to develop a moral compass based on the Gospel Values. Our four core values, Hope, Trust, Friendship and Love are promoted in RE lessons and in all areas of school life. We believe that our Christian values help our children to know themselves, learn to reflect on their experiences, explore the questions of how to live and treat others and so reach a set of beliefs by which to guide their lives.

 

As a joint denominational church school, the traditions of the Church of England and Catholic Church are valued and affirmed in RE lessons and by the whole school community. We are committed to the formation and well-being of the whole person and our RE lessons are dedicated to supporting our children’s spiritual, moral, emotional, intellectual, social and physical development.

Through our RE curriculum we aim to ignite a passion for the subject by;

  • Equipping our children with the knowledge, skills and understanding of Christianity and other principal religions,
  • Encouraging the children to be curious and excited to enquire into and explore questions about religion,
  • Fostering and promoting the children’s awe and wonder,
  • Increasing the children’s understanding of God, Jesus and the holy spirit,
  • Fostering respect towards other religions and faith communities and 
  • Enabling learners to become aware of their own beliefs and faith journey.

 

Implementation

 

As we are a joint Church of England and Catholic school, we teach RE through a supplemented version of the Catholic ‘Come and See’ curriculum. At the heart of the programme is the mystery of God’s self-revelation of love through Jesus Christ. Come and See gives pupils the opportunity to explore the mystery of faith. The Come and See curriculum allows the children to search, to explore, to discover and to respond; this is a part of what it is to be human, central to the programme are three basic human questions and the three Christian beliefs that are the church’s response in faith.

 

  • Where do I come from? (Life – creation)
  • Who am I? (Dignity – incarnation)
  • Why am I here? (Purpose – redemption)

 

Each Christian topic (see topic grid) takes four weeks to complete. In each topic, the children will follow the same process:

 

Search – Explore (week 1)

 

This is the introduction to the topic where the children’s life experience is explored, the question(s) it raises are wondered at, shared, investigated and their significance reflected upon.

 

Revelation – Reveal (Weeks 2 and 3)

 

This is the heart of the topic where knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith revealed through the word in Scripture, Tradition, prayers and Christian living.

 

Response – Respond (week 4)

 

The children plan their own collective worship sessions and reflect on their learning from previous weeks.

RE lessons at Emmaus are planned and delivered in a variety of ways ensuring that all children can access and participate. Interactive, practical, creative activities encourage the children to discuss their ideas and extend their understanding of concepts and challenging questions. Lessons will include role play, hot seating, drama, art, music and ICT.

 

RE at Emmaus is enhanced by our wonderful city. Visits from clergy from both Our Lady Queen of Martyrs and St. Cuthbert’s church are organised. Many members of the community are invited to school to engage with the children during lessons. In addition, the children visit churches, both cathedrals and other places of worship learning about other cultures and religions is an important part of the children’s education and each year they will learn about Judaism and Hinduism in addition to Christianity.

 

Impact

 

The impact of Religious Education is measured through a range of different strategies;

  • Data which is produced from ongoing teacher assessments,
  • Monitoring of RE books,
  • Learning walks,
  • Pupil voice,
  • Staff voice,
  • Spiritual Dimension Governor/staff termly meetings.

 

Religious education at Emmaus ensures that children gain knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal world religions. RE develops pupil skills of enquiry and response through the use of religious vocabulary and questioning. In addition, skills of reflection, expression, application, analysis and evaluation of beliefs, values and practices will be encouraged.

For pupils to be able to understand our constantly changing world, they need to be able to interpret religious issues and evaluate their significance. The impact and the ultimate measure of RE at Emmaus is that children will value themselves and the communities within which they live. Children will be prepared for adult life by developing and affirming personal identity and responsible respectful citizenship.

Key Documentation - Please see below for the Religious Education curriculum on offer to our pupils.

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