Religious Education

Being a Church School, Religious Education plays an important part of our curriculum. Having a personal ‘religious literacy’ is critical in our children becoming the courageous, strong and loving individuals we aspire to; a key aim within our vision.

Our Intent for RE:

At Warton Nethersole’s, our intent is that children leave us as accepting, sensitive and mindful young people. Our aim is that our children will be knowledgeable about Christianity and will be able to compare and contrast Christianity to other world religions. We want our pupils to be considerate to those of all faiths and none. We seek to do this by providing engaging RE lessons based on Understanding Christianity (2/3 of our curriculum) and the Ealing Syllabus, which encourage discussion, debate and reflection. We aim for our children to visit places of worship in the local area and further afield as well as meeting and spending time with people of different faiths to their own.

Implementation – Our RE Curriculum:

Implementation – Skills Progression

We have 6 key skills for RE that we aim for all children to practise and master over their time at Warton. These skills will be acquired by the children through high-quality RE teaching and provision in our school. These skills will start to develop from Reception right through to Year Six.

  • Investigation
    • Asking questions
    • Gathering and learning information
  • Interpretation
    • Drawing meaning from artefacts, artwork, poetry, symbols
    • Suggesting meanings of religious stories
  • Reflection
    • Reflecting on feelings, experience, attitudes, beliefs, values, relationships and practices and considering our response to this.
  • Empathy
    • Identifying feelings such as love, wonder, forgiveness and sorrow
    • Consider the thoughts, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values of others
    • Seeing the world through the eyes of others and seeing issues from their points of view.
  • Making Connections
    • Comparing Christianity to other religions in terms of beliefs, opinions and facts
    • Making links between religions and the lives of individuals.
  • Expression
    • Articulating beliefs, ideas and values
    • Debating in an appropriate to consider a range of views
    • Responding to different religions and beliefs through a variety of media

Impact – How effectively is RE in expressing our vision and ensuring our pupils flourish?

‘Religious education is thriving, with teachers feeling confident about teaching the school’s syllabus, following good quality CPD.’

Christian Distinctiveness Advisor – Birmingham Diocese, May 2021

‘It’s good to hear how much the children enjoy RE…They talk excitedly about their RE lessons and enjoy the range of activities they offer’

Chair of Governors – June 2021

Pupil Voice (with RE Governor and RE Lead) June 2021

‘RE is the best subject.’ (Y2 pupil)

‘If we have different opinions, we still listen to each other.’ (Y6 pupil)

‘Our teacher reminds us that everyone’s opinion is important.’ (Y4 pupil)

‘RE is more interesting than it used to be. We have different stories and we are learning about different points of view.’ (Y5 pupil)

Religious Education is taught in accordance with Understanding Christianity and the Ealing agreed syllabus whilst taking account of the school’s ethos and Christian values. We believe it is important for all pupils. Christianity is the major focus, but we consider what we can learn from world religions and about faith. Visits to places of worship and visits from guest speakers will be included as part of the curriculum.
These, along with the use of artefacts, story and visual aids will be used to stimulate the children’s knowledge and experience. All pupils have the right of withdrawal from RE. However before exercising their right of withdrawal we hope that parents would discuss the matter with the Head Teacher.