At Hillborough Infant and Nursery School the teaching of Religious Education enables children to explore and develop an understanding of what religion is. Children learn about the major world faiths of Christianity and Islam with the main focus being on Christianity. Pupils learn what different religions believe about God, prayer, belonging, celebrations and sacred texts. Children respond, giving their own thoughts and opinions, while learning to respect the views and beliefs of others. Children learn about the key festivals during our Celebration Days, which are held throughout the year for all key festivals.
At Hillborough Infant and Nursery School, RE is taught in each class on a weekly basis. We follow SACRE, Lton and Central Bedfordshire Agreed Syllabus 2018-2023. Children learn about religion and learn from religion. Pupils learn through listening, viewing, exploring, acting, handling objects and discussing. Through listening to stories from different faiths or explanations of practices, children can increase their knowledge of key elements of religion. Through viewing videos or photos children can see for themselves different faith practices and artefacts, thereby being introduced to elements of religion that may be new or previously unknown to them. Handling real faith artefacts teaches respect for things that are important to people of faith communities. Acting and role play bring stories to life and discussion enables children to extend their understanding, question different aspects and give their own views and opinions on different topics.
At Hillborough Infant and Nursery School, we use a variety of ways to find out what the children know. Teachers frequently question children throughout lessons to gauge learning and understanding, particularly at the beginning and end of a lesson.
We encourage the children to talk and to shares ideas and experiences and their comments are noted. Children may record their learning and photographic evidence is collected.
Monitoring includes scrutiny of work and interviews with pupils. These ensure curriculum coverage and show children’s attitude to learning and the quality of learning.