‘Religion is like an iceberg. As you unpack ideas, you come to understand deeper meaning.’
Religion and Worldviews (R&W) has a contribution to make to the personal development and well-being of every pupil. The ability to explain our own values and beliefs and to understand more about the beliefs and values of others is more important than ever.
We at the Round House believe that R&W plays an important part in the broad-based curriculum provided for our children. It supports the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the children as well as areas such as Personal and Social Development and Creative Development.
The Round House Primary Academy R&W Policy: Currently under review
What does the National Curriculum say about R&W?
Whilst it's compulsory for all maintained schools to provide Religious Education, it's not part of the National Curriculum. This means that the Government doesn't dictate what is taught, and there are no mandatory assessments in the subject at primary or secondary level. At the Round House, we follow the Cambridgeshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Click on the link below to look in closer detail at the syllabus:
The Round House Primary Academy RE Curriculum Overview:
How we teach R&W at The Round House:
Teaching & Learning within the EYFS
The assessment of pupil progress within R&W is on-going by the class teacher and is part of formative assessment. Children are given opportunities to write at length on R&W-related topics: this provides an opportunity to assess their knowledge and understanding, and also provides them with additional opportunities to write for a purpose. The children respond to learning questions throughout each unit, with their ability to answer these being the basis for assessment.
Collective Worship and Reflection
All children at Round House are given regular opportunities to participate in acts of collective reflection. Some of these assemblies are of a religious nature. Regularly, guest speakers, including ACTIOS members and the local pastor, lead assemblies based on stories from Christianity.
Parents/Guardians have the right to withdraw their child from any religious education teaching or collective worship. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact the Headteacher.
Useful Website Links
Below are links to the BBC Bitesize RE pages for KS1 and KS2, which offer different learning opportunities for the children to access and engage with. Explore and enjoy!
Virtual Tours of Religious Spaces
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLce9i2Ci5w - tour of a mosque
http://e4education.uk-virtualtours.co.uk/temple/ - 3D virtual tour of a gurdwara
http://www.samrohn.com/360-panorama/central-synagogue-new-york-city/ - 3D virtual tour of a synagogue
https://www.google.com/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/angkor/ - virtual tour of Angkhor Wat, largest Hindu temple complex in the world
https://buddhisttemple.ca/our-temple/virtual-tour/ - virtual tour of Buddhist temple