Religious Education at Ravenswood
At Ravenswood our RE curriculum celebrates and reflects the diverse nature of our pupils’ backgrounds. We believe that RE makes a unique contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and supports wider community cohesion.
Children nurture their understanding of different religions, beliefs and philosophies. They are encouraged to explore, question and recognise the diversity of religion and the vibrance and uniqueness of our own local area. Ravenswood pupils share their experiences and learn from one another following our school ethos of ‘Relationships Promoting Success’. This rich diversity of our curriculum allows Ravenswood children to develop positive attitudes of respect towards people from all religions and world views as well as exploring some aspects of British values.
In EYFS, RE fits into the Understanding the World. Through stories and discussion, and recognition of their own life experiences, children are supported to develop their understanding of some similarities and differences between different religious and cultural communities in this country. In KS1 and KS2, each unit begins with a key question on ‘Religion’ or ‘Belief’ taken from the Salford syllabus which Ravenswood has adapted for our children. These questions ensure that the requirements of the National Curriculum are met. Children cover content from 4 strands:
Ravenswood has adopted the Big Book approach to RE to ensure that discussion and questioning are the building blocks of our lessons. This approach allows us to truly support children on their journey to understanding the diverse world around them and their place within it. This further allows children to take pride in their work and ideas and feel actively involved in their learning process.
The progression of skills and knowledge across all year groups ensures that children receive a well-rounded understanding of the world around them through clear objectives and expectations. Ravenswood prepares children for adulthood by provoking challenging questions, personal development and community cohesion through mutual respect. We aim for our students to become active and accepting citizens within our diverse and rapidly changing world.
Teachers use opportunities for enrichment which include:
- Ravenswood Great Get Together
- Christingle making and service
- KS1 visit to a synagogue
- KS2 choir performances by candlelight
- KS1 & KS2 visits to St Gabriel’s Church
- KS1 & KS2 Christmas performances
- KS1 &KS2 Class visitors and speakers from different religions