St. John’s is a Church of England school and our values and Collective Worship support the beliefs and practices of the church. The school follows the Salford Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (RE). At St Johns, RE provokes challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Children will focus on what religion means to different people, how it impacts their day to day life and will allow them to reflect on their own ideas and ways of living. RE is taught weekly from Nursery to Year 6 and is supported by daily acts of worship.
At St John’s, RE reflects that religious traditions in the UK are mainly Christian, while taking into account the teaching and practises of other principal religions represented in the UK. As children journey through St John’s, they will learn in depth about Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism, whilst also learning about other religions and world views throughout other areas of the curriculum. The teaching of RE is split up into three main focus areas: believing, expressing and living. The believing strand of our curriculum involves children gaining knowledge about religious beliefs, teachings and sources. They will reflect on questions about meaning, purpose and truth. Throughout the expressing strand, children will learn about religious and spiritual forms of expression. They will reflect on questions about identity and diversity. Throughout the living strand, children will learn about religious practices and ways of living. They will reflect on questions about values and commitments.
When children leave St John’s, they will have developed their religious literacy and conceptual understanding. They will be able to articulate, with confidence, their ideas about religion, beliefs and spirituality. The progression of knowledge throughout all key stages will ensure that children’s knowledge and skills are developed so that they are ready to participate in a modern and diverse Britain.
We assess the impact of our Religious Education curriculum through teacher assessment and analysis of this by the subject leader. Staff use observations, professional dialogue with each other, children’s responses, pictures, video recordings and floor books to assess the pupils’ knowledge and skills across the RE curriculum. This approach is inclusive of all learners and ensures that children of all abilities, including those with SEND, are not disadvantaged.
The role of the RE subject leader is to ensure objectivity throughout the school. This is done by moderating work and judgements, observations, reviewing evidence and profession dialogue.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE or worship but must first contact the Head Teacher to discuss this and allow the school to make appropriate arrangements.