Garden Fields JMI School | Townsend Drive, St Albans, AL3 5RL | 01727 890440

Garden Fields JMI School | Townsend Drive, St Albans, AL3 5RL
01727 890440

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Garden Fields JMI School

Growing Hearts and Minds

Building children’s confidence, igniting a love of learning and creating wonderful memories

Part of the Alban Academies Trust
Sharing Educational Excellence

GFS Logo

Garden Fields JMI School

Growing Hearts and Minds

Building children’s confidence, igniting a love of learning and creating wonderful memories

Part of the Alban Academies Trust
Sharing Educational Excellence

CURRICULUM – RE

RE Curriculum

“We may have different religions, different languages and different coloured skin but we all belong to one human race.” Kofi Annan

At Garden Fields JMI School, the intent of our Religious Education (RE) teaching is to help pupils:

  • acquire and develop their knowledge and understanding of Christianity and some of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain
  • appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and behaviour
  • develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues
  • enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

 

You can find out more in our 3 Is; Intent, Implementation and Impact.

Intent

At Garden Fields JMI School, the intent of our Religious Education (RE) teaching is to help pupils:

  • acquire and develop their knowledge and understanding of Christianity and some of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain
  • appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and behaviour
  • develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues
  • enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Our RE curriculum allows children to discover and gain an insight into religions within the world that we live. We see the teaching of RE as vital for children to understand beliefs and make connections between their own values.  

Implementation

RE is taught in all year groups across the school, it is blocked into RE weeks but some year groups teach additional RE lessons. We follow the Herts Agreed Syllabus 2017-2022 and our teaching follows the requirements of this syllabus. Eight different aspects of religion are studied: Beliefs and practice; sources of wisdom; symbols and actions; prayer, worship and reflection; identity and belonging; ultimate questions; human responsibilities and values and justice and fairness.

To enhance children’s learning, we draw upon the children’s own experiences of religion.  All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links, which are, and can be made between home, school and faith communities. 

We ensure that all children are challenged, collaborative learning techniques are utilised and questioning is not only teacher led but also child led. The “Ultimate Questions” from the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus supports the use of big questions and open discussions. We aim to provide children with the opportunity to listen to visiting speakers and visit local places of worship during their time at Garden Fields.  All staff have access to a database of contact details for local places of worship/visitors from faiths.

Impact

At Garden Fields, pupils will develop their ability to think critically and empathically; identify similarities and differences between and within religions, research and answer questions. They will know the key beliefs and practices of the main religions and how they influence the world around them. Garden Fields pupils will develop the ability to communicate this understanding in discussions, presentations, writing and role plays.  They will be open minded and tolerant of other people’s beliefs.

The children at Garden Fields enjoy learning about other religions and why people choose, or choose not to follow a religion.  Through RE our children develop an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life.  RE offers our children the means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way. As such, RE is invaluable in an ever changing world.

Subject Coordinators

Mrs Howitt (KS1) and Mrs Long (KS2) are the RE Subject Coordinators.

The Learning Journey below illustrates the RE curriculum for children from EYFS to Year 6. Each term there is a focus on a main topic supported by knowledge organiser topics.

Click the red stars to view detailed descriptions for the main topic and each of the knowledge organiser topics.