Religious Education at Aston Rowant School is structured to enable our children to be curious in their approach to learning, to be courageous in their attitude to learning, to be empowered to work both independently and collaboratively, to understand the impact their learning has had on them so far and be inspired to keep learning. We are ambitious to promote and value religions throughout their journey in our school, pupils will acquire and develop the knowledge, understanding and skills of the principal religions represented locally and in the wider world. Through Religious Education, our pupils develop their knowledge of the world faiths, their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures.
We believe R.E. encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging through self-awareness and reflection. Throughout school, we promote respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs. Our curriculum is designed to encourage creativity, imagination, enquiry, debate, discussion and independence. Our principle aim is to engage our pupils with an enquiry based approach where they can develop an understanding and appreciation for the expression of beliefs and cultural practices. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences.
We believe that it is vital for all our pupils to learn about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. Our pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of how religions and beliefs can shape life and behaviour. Religious Education is delivered so pupils will enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by making reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues. Whilst learning about different religions we also encourage our pupils reflect on how and when they have been resilient, used their collaboration skills, been investigative and evaluated their learning.
We aim to give every child a unique and engaging experience which will allow them to achieve their full potential. Our Whole School Religious Education is reflected in the attainment targets below.
Religious Education is provided for all pupils in our school and is inclusive and broad minded. Our Curriculum is individually tailored to maximise our local links and fulfils of all the requirements of the local syllabus.
The following religions have been selected for study:
Our teaching and learning explores big questions about life to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. Our lesson provide creative opportunities and activities for pupils through an enquiry based approach.
Our Collective Worship Policy includes assemblies, class assemblies, mindfulness, debate and discussion. Our PSHE lessons also contribute to the teaching of R.E. and we have many valued links in the local community that contribute greatly to R.E. lessons and acts of worship.
We have a close and valued link with St Peter and St Paul's in Aston Rowant. Our annual Christmas celebration service sees the church filled with children, staff, parents/carers and relatives. We also have church services for Remembrance, Easter and for our Year 6 leavers . School Council organise harvest gifts, very generously donated by families. The tinned and packaged goods and toiletries are given to Sharing Life Food Bank, which supports local families in Thame and Chinnor.
We greatly value the regular visits of the 'Open the Book' group from our local Church. Stories from the Bible are brought to life through drama and discussion, in such an engaging way that captures the pupils' interest and supports their reflection.
Parents do have the right to withdraw pupils from RE. If parents wish to do this, they must make an appointment with the Headteacher. The school does not support selective withdrawal from RE and strongly advises against it as we believe all children benefit from having an understanding and respect for all faiths.
Our Religious Education Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.
By the end of Primary School, our pupils should: