Clearwater C of E Academy is a Church of England Academy therefore Religious Education is provided in line with the funding agreement and the academy follows the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2017 – 2022.
The Church of England’s Statement of Entitlement
The Church of England’s Statement of Entitlement outlines the aims and expectations for Religious Education in Church of England Schools and guides this academy’s approach to RE.
It begins by stating: “Religious Education in a Church school should enable every child to flourish and to live life in all its fullness. (John 10:10) It will help to educate for dignity and respect encouraging all to live well together.” Quoting from the Church of England’s Vision for Education: Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good, it continues, “Such an approach is offered through a commitment to generous hospitality, being true to our underpinning faith, but with a deep respect for the integrity of other religious traditions (and worldviews) and for the religious freedom of each person.”
Religious Education Intent
The intent of Religious Education at Clearwater C of E Academy Primary School is to
- develop respect and consideration for the beliefs, differences and ways of life of everyone involved in the school
- enable children to explore and discuss faith and worship, working from a Christian foundation, in the context of a multi-faith society
In accordance with the structure of Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus/South Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus we have agreed that:
In the Foundation Stage, pupils will be introduced to a range of faith traditions and will be taught RE for 36 hours over the year.
At Key Stage 1, pupils study Christianity, Judaism and Islam. RE will be taught for at least for 36 hours over the year.
At Key Stage 2, pupils study Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and also consider non-religious worldviews. RE will be taught for at least for 45 hours over the year.
In all phases this is achieved through discrete weekly lessons and RE days.
RE is taught by the class teacher each week and the following overview shows what is being taught each term: RE Curriculum Overview