Religious Education is OUTSTANDING at BJR CofE
- Learners develop a wide range of higher level skills (enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection) to great effect through the teaching of RE. For example:
- When studying Pentecost, the Y5 class undertook independent research into the symbolism of Pentecost which included using the school chaplain to analyse the information. They creatively represented these findings on banners which decorated the church during Pentecost. This went far in helping them understand the effect of religion on believers.
- When studying baptism, the Y1 class visited the local church to take part in the baptism of a teddy bear. This experience helped them to understand the symbolism, significance and ritual of baptism.
- Learners have an impressive ability to reflect upon their own personal questions of meaning and purpose. This is evidenced through discussions with pupils - for example when studying the story of Joseph and his brothers, pupils were able to relate it to their own families, relationships and siblings. RE books and displays are also replete with creative and original recordings of pupil’s own reflections.
- The school uses a robust system of assessment. Data is completed and collected at the end of each unit of work. All RE assessments are carried out in line with other core subjects. The subject is monitored in line with other core subjects - learning walks, book scrutinies, data drops, and reviews. Staff training in RE occurs at least once per term and teachers report progress and attainment in RE to parents in a similar way to other core subjects.
- RE has a high profile within the curriculum and forms a minimum of 10% of weekly lessons. Monitoring of planning and lesson observations show that the needs of all learners are met.
- The RE curriculum provides children with rich and varied opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith. Visits to the church have increased and wider educational visits enrich RE teaching, for example;
- Visits to local churches
- Use of the school Chaplain (eg when studying Advent)
- Visits to Southwark Cathedral
- Visits to other places of worship to support learning of word faiths.
- Teachers have responded well to CPD led by the SDBE both in school and at the Diocese. Teachers have included many additional creative aspects into their teaching following this training.
- The RE curriculum provides children opportunities to understand and make links between beliefs and values systems of other faiths.
- Links to the Christian values of the school impact significantly on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all learners. In our recent OFSTED inspection, it was reported that, “The emphasis on Moral and Spiritual Development contributes in no small way to the pupils’ considerate behaviour towards one another and adults.”