Our Religious Education (RE) Lead is: Miss Richardson
Re Ambassadors 2021-22
It is the responsibility of the RE ambassadors to actively promote RE at Northfield.
We meet fortnightly to discuss all topic/issues RE related.
At Northfield we follow the Wakefield Agreed Syllabus for RE.
Our INTENT for RE is to use a range of strategies to allow children to think and consider the big questions that the RE curriculum brings. We aim to ensure that all thinking and reflection time is purposeful and leads to deeper learning. To ensure that this happens, we are mindful of thinking and reflection when planning units of work that consider big questions.
Our primary school curriculum works with the SACRE agreed syllabus for Wakefield, and it aims to challenge children to learn about a range of religions and non-religious worldviews whilst also considering the big questions of life. At our school we want to ensure that our children go out into the world with the knowledge and skills to understand the beliefs of others and live in today’s diverse and ever changing world. Our curriculum plans aim to give our children the opportunities to learn about religion and non-religious worldviews in a variety of ways for example: through art, music, drama and dance as well as through discussion and more formal writing opportunities.
Right of withdrawal
In the UK, parents still have the right to withdraw their children from RE/RME on the grounds that they wish to provide their own religious education. (School Standards and Framework Act 1998 S71 (3). This will be the parents’ responsibility.
If you would like to withdraw your child from RE lessons please either speak to Miss Richardson (RE Lead) or your child's class teacher. We would be happy to discuss the aims and values of RE before you honour this right.
All children at Northfield take part in weekly RE lessons that cover the six main religions. Throughout the year each year group goes on a visit to a place of worship.
Academic Year 2021-22
EYFS: Visit to South Kirkby Church
KS1: Visit a Mosque
LKS2: Comparing South Kirkby Church with Wakefield Cathedral
UKS2: Compare and contrast a Mosque, a synagogue and Kirkstall Abbey
This Key Vocabulary grid outlines a progression of vocabulary across the main religions and non-religious views. It is written by Lat Blaylock and runs alongside the Wakefield Agreed Syllabus. At Northfield not all religions are taught every year by every year group but by the end of UKS2 all religions will have been taught and so will all the key vocabulary.
Please see Long Term plan for outline of key questions taught when.
At Northfield we are very proud of our Floor Books, which we use across Key Stage One and in Rainbow Room to collect evidence of children's thinking, discussion and application of RE across the year. They contain annotated photographs of the children engaging in learning opportunities and experiences, a brief description of the focus for learning, context, experiences, opportunities, questioning and discussions, with links to the Agreed RE Syllabus for Wakefield (2018-23).
Our Floor Books demonstrate children's thinking, ideas, suggestions, predictions, and links in their learning and their Key Question for that half term and are an opportunity for the children to look back at what they have learnt over the course of the year and these feed into our Pupil Voice.
Floor Books in KS1
RE books in KS2
In KS2, children are expected to expand on the knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews that they gained in KS1. Each child has their own RE book. Lesson's are evidenced in books through written work, post-it notes of discussions, photographs of cross-curricular lessons and over the next half term we are trialing the use of QR codes to evidence practical lessons.
Children in KS2 self-assess their work after every lesson. At the start of a key question they write what they already know about that religion, then at the end of the key question children come back to it and record what they now know.
Children also complete a key vocabulary grid (currently being trialed in Bumblebees Y6) at the end the key question which demonstrates their understanding of the key vocabulary taught during the key question.
RE in LKS2 (2021-22)
Cross-Curricular Learning linked to RE
Novel Study launch.. (Seals Y3/4)
Today we have been exploring the characters in our new novel ‘Perry Angel’s suitcase’. We read an extract from the story -
“Egg decorating night was a tradition in the Kingdom of Silk. Everyone sat around the kitchen table and was given an egg.”
We discovered a little bit more about the characters based on how they chose to decorate their egg.
Christmas at South Kirkby Church