Our aspiration, for all children in our care, is that they should be successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors to society.
Religious Education seeks to make a major contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils. It includes specific Christian teaching appropriate to our status as a Church of England School, providing the children with secure subject knowledge relating to Christianity, and the other major religions represented in Britain. The Bible, its stories and teachings are emphasised, and especially the life of Jesus. R.E. also helps children to develop their own beliefs and values and to become religiously literate adults. We teach the children moral values such as respect for individuals and to put into practice the Christian teachings on love, hope and forgiveness.
Kent Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and Borden School
The principal aim of R.E. in the Kent Agreed Syllabus is:
To engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.
The principal aim can be seen as three strands:
R.E. is an enquiry based learning curriculum, which focuses on:
This agreed syllabus requires that all pupils learn from Christianity in each key stage. In addition, pupils will learn from the principal religions represented in the UK, in line with the law. These are Islam, Hinduism. Sikhism and Judaism. Furthermore, children from families where non-religious worldviews are held are represented in almost all of our classrooms. These worldviews, including for example Humanism will also be the focus for
Kent Agreed Syllabus incorporating Understanding Christianity
Here at Borden, we have fully embraced and been trained in the ‘Understanding Christianity’ materials produced by RE Today, and the World Faiths materials produced by RE Today and Canterbury Diocese and can deliver the Kent Agreed Syllabus in their context.
Due to the split Year groups, Borden has a three year rolling programme for RE to meet the requirements by the end of Key Stage 2. (Click below to view three year rolling programme document)
Assessment in RE
The Diocese of Canterbury has produced an assessment document that allows key objectives from each unit of work to be assessed accurately. These objectives are taken directly from the Understanding Christianity framework and World Faith plans that form the Kent Agreed Syllabus. Teachers assess every child against each objective within the units taught. If children have not met the objective it is recorded as a 1, if they have met it, a 2, and if they have exceeded the objective, a 3. Levels of progress and attainment are analysed by the Head Teacher and Subject Leader so that any pupils requiring further support are provided with opportunities to enhance their learning. At the end of every academic year, teachers report levels of progress and attainment to parents.