Coley Primary School values the religious background of all members of the school community and understands the positive contribution they make across the wider society.
At Coley, all religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity. We value the links, which are made between home, school, and faith communities.
We encourage engagement from faith groups in our community and members of our local Baptist Church regularly visit our school to carry out assemblies. Additionally, All Nations Church hosts our school for special celebrations such as Harvest and Easter as well as providing other means of support to our most vulnerable children.
At Coley Primary School, we believe that it is important for all our pupils to learn from and about religion in accordance to the Pan-Berkshire Locally Agreed Syllabus 2018-2023, so that they can have a better understanding of the world around them.
The aim of Religious Education in our school is:
To learn about religion by:
Learn from religion by:
At Coley Primary School, we follow the Discovery RE schemes of work to deliver the Pan-Berkshire Locally Agreed Syllabus and, in accordance, across all year groups, Religious Education will:
Each year group will study two different faiths, one of which is Christianity with Christmas and Easter given new treatment each year and as such developing learning in a progressive way. This progressive enquiry model enables children to be introduced to new faiths and ideas together with building on existing knowledge (knowing more and remembering more) and deepening understanding on key beliefs.
In Foundation stage, the curriculum is based upon 15-minute small play-based teaching lessons, which are then supported and strengthen through a wider variety of play activities with a themed approach. This will help the children respond to a key learning question about the chosen world faith. These themes are Special People, Christmas, Celebrations, Easter, Story Time and Special Places.
In Key Stage 1 children will study Christianity in both year groups, and will be introduced to Judaism in Year 1 and Islam in Year 2.
In Key Stage 2, children will study key concepts of Christianity each year and will also study Hinduism (Year 3), Judaism (Year 4), Sikhism (Year 5) and Islam (Year 6).
The Discovery RE units of work follow an enquiry-based learning model. Teaching strategies are varied and mindful of preferred learning styles including the need to vary and adapt lessons according to children’s needs.
Each religious enquiry follows a set of steps to enhance learning opportunities:
It starts with an Engagement lesson, which primarily draws on the children’s own life experiences to create a bridge into the main investigation of the religion being studied over a series of two to three lessons. Learning is assessed as children are given an opportunity to express their own thoughts and beliefs and articulate their learning outcomes from the lesson series.
Across the year, children will receive the equivalent of between 45 minutes to an hour of teaching and learning each week.
Through our Religious Education curriculum, we believe that we encourage pupils to develop positive attitudes about learning and respecting the religious and non-religious beliefs, faiths and values of others. It provides the means to celebrate the diversity of the school community and promote positive images of people in the wider community, including their beliefs, traditions, culture, language and history.
It ensures that children develop spiritually, academically, emotionally and morally to promote and realise a better understanding of themselves and others and to equip them with the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of living in a rapidly changing, multicultural world.
Children will be able:
What is a knowledge organiser?
A knowledge organiser is a document, for each year group, that contains the key facts and information that the children need to have a basic knowledge and understanding of in RE.
RE Overview and Progression of Steps
For an overview of what is being covered across the year in each year group, please refer to this document.