RE at St. Cedd’s
St. Cedd’s Church of England Primary School places religious education and the development of Christian character at the very heart of its work. The school is participating in the Understanding Christianity project, which offers a coherent approach to teaching and learning about Christianity, in the wider RE curriculum with the aim of supporting pupils in developing their own thinking and their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it.
We aim to see our pupils from their earliest days at school and throughout their time at our school begin to develop a coherent understanding of Christian belief and practice (including, but not limited to, Anglican Christianity), exploring the significant theological concepts within Christianity as part of developing their wider religious, theological and cultural literacy. Alongside this, the school has a commitment to supporting teachers in developing their own knowledge and understanding of Christianity theology to be able to teach with confidence.
Understanding Christianity identifies eight core concepts at the heart of mainstream Christian belief. It sets out some knowledge ‘building blocks’, to clarify what pupils should know and understand about these concepts at each school phase. It provides a teaching and learning approach to unpack these concepts and their impact in the lives of Christians in the UK and the world today, making connections with the world of the pupils and their wider understanding.
This approach to teaching about Christianity builds up pupils’ encounters with the core concepts through biblical texts, placing the texts and concepts within the wider Bible story. Each unit addresses a concept, through some key questions, exploring core Bible texts, their impact for Christians, and possible implications for pupils. Each unit incorporates the three elements below:
Pupils’ achievement is assessed against the knowledge building blocks and against end-of-phase outcomes related to the elements above.
This approach offers coherence and progression in terms of pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding. It supports pupils’ abilities to handle texts, as well as understanding how and why Christians interpret biblical texts differently. It also places emphasis on the role of the pupil as reader, bringing their own world to the text whilst giving them the opportunity to allow the text to enlarge their understanding of the world.
Alongside this, the school also prepares pupils to be global citizens, developing and understanding of and respect for the range of faiths and beliefs of others. We do this through RE lessons, following the Essex Agreed Syllabus for RE other faiths materials and engaging in the work of the British Council to develop links with schools in other countries, including Pakistan, China and Kenya.