Religious Education

At East Claydon C of ESchool, RE plays a vital role in embedding the Christian ethos of the school. RE reflects the vision and values that the school community holds and promotes a deep and respectful understanding of people of all faiths and none. RE has the same high status as all other core subjects and contributes to the overall development of our pupils from all backgrounds and traditions. Teaching in RE is also extended through our values-based approach is embedded through all aspects of life at East Claydon C of E School,  reflecting our distinctively Christian ethos and building on our Compass for Life approach to personal development, so that all members of the school community can thrive and contribute to outstanding relationships across our school.   

The RE curriculum at East Claydon C of E School, has been approved by our Governors. Christianity is taught in every year group, with key concepts revisited on a spiral curriculum.  At least half of the time is devoted to Christianity. Other religions are covered according to the syllabus; eg Judaism in KS1, including questions such as: 

  • What makes things sacred? 
  • Why do we celebrate special occasions? 
  • How important are the groups we belong to? 

 Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam in KS2, including questions such as:

  • Are religious buildings really needed?
  • Why are sacred texts and holy books so important?
  • Why are there different views, beliefs and traditions in each religion? 

At East Claydon C of E School we will ensure that our RE curriculum has the breadth it requires and is meeting the Statement of Entitlement, balancing: 

  • At least 50% Christian faith 
  • Up to 50% other world faiths 

This incorporates dedicated time to our RE curriculum that is separate from the time given to Collective Worship; 

  • KS1 = 1 hour per week minimum 
  • KS2 = 75 minutes per week minimum 

Monitoring and Evaluation  

The RE subject leader, Headteacher and Governors  monitor teaching and learning at regular intervals. They will  observe  the  teaching  of RE lessons across the school, conduct book and planning reviews and pupil interviews when appropriate to assess the quality of teaching and learning.  This will work in conjunction with a review of  progression assessment grids for each year group, ensuring that a breadth of subject content is maintained, whilst deepening key concepts progressively across the School.   The  Headteacher  and  a designated school  Governor ensure that adequate monitoring takes place and that the impact of such activity is assessed,  within the wider context of  how we  live our vision and values every day. 

RE policy May 2019