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RE Coordinator: Miss Rebecca Richardson

Re Ambassadors 2020/21

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.

 

All children at Northfield take part in weekly RE lessons that cover the five main religions. Throughout the year each year group goes on a visit to a place of worship.

 

Academic Year 2020/21

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

Cultural Capital in RE

Collective Worship 2020-21

Floor Books

 

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 Rainbow Room

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 KS2

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Links within the community

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At Northfield we have built relationships with a number of different vicars and pastors from around the area. They come in regularly to our school to hold assemblies.
Father Paul from South Kirkby Church comes in half termly for collective worship assemblies. He is also working alongside myself (RE leader) and our Key Stage leaders to plan their RE trips. He has links with local Mosques, Synagogues, Monasteries and Gurdwaras, as well as local Churches, Cathedrals and Abbeys.

A Christmas Prayer

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At Northfield Primary school we have a good relationship with the vicar at our local Church, South Kirkby Church. From this academic year (2019/20) we have started to visit the church at Christmas and we will be going at Easter. The vicar also comes into school half termly to speak to the children during assembly. This half term he spoke to them about Remembrance Day and Christmas.
Christmas at South Kirkby Church 2019
KS1 and KS2 visited South Kirkby Church at Christmas. They sang Christmas hymns, performed segments of the Christmas story and talked about Christingle and what the different parts mean. It was a lovely morning. 
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