Religious Education (RE)
Religious Education promotes knowledge and understanding of a variety of religious traditions and cultures. The subject teaches learners to be aware of their own and others’ viewpoints, both religious and secular, and gives learners the skills to listen with empathy and understanding to the views of others. RE seeks to prepare learners for life in modern Britain and gives them an understanding of events both nationally and globally.
At Landgate School we follow the Wigan Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education which was revised in 2017. The scheme takes an enquiry based approach to learning with key questions being the foundation for the various topics covered across school e.g. ‘Why do Christians celebrate Christmas?’ (KS1) or ‘What does it mean to be a Muslim?’ (KS3).
In First Foundations and KS1 RE follows a thematic approach to learning with RE being part of the Continuous Provision planning and activities. In KS2 and KS3, learners access weekly RE lessons whereas at KS4, the learners access AQA RE accreditation units which alternate with their Citizenship work. Full details of the coverage at each Key Stage can be seen in the RE Long Term Plan.
Across school RE is delivered at an appropriate level for the learners in the class through a variety of multi-sensory and engaging activities. We have a wealth of subject resources for each major world religion and are always keen to share good practise amongst staff! Where possible, theme days and educational visits are used to enhance curriculum delivery.
Whole school assemblies also play a vital role in the Religious Education and these take place on a half termly basis; focusing on a central theme across school such as ‘remembrance’ and also celebrating the term that has passed with achievement awards and songs.
Assessment in RE focuses on ‘learning about religion’ and ‘learning from religion’.
- In First Foundations RE is assessed as part of the Early Learning Goals; linking especially with ‘Personal, social and emotional development’ and ‘Understanding the world’.
- In KS1 and KS2 learners progress is assessed using a personalised assessment scheme called ‘Learning Ladders’.
- In KS3 another personalised assessment scheme called ‘Flightpaths’ is used.
- In KS4, learners work towards AQA accreditations.
Assessment evidence takes a variety of forms such as evidence in books, videos and photographs.