Here at Diamond Wood Community Academy we are proud to be made up of many nationalities, cultures and faith groups. As a school we aim to celebrate this diversity and offer a welcoming and inclusive environment for all our pupils. We have confidence that Religious Education provides an opportunity to celebrate and foster an awareness of all cultures within our school, community and the wider world.
At Diamond Wood Community Academy we believe that Religious Education helps children to understand the way in which religious beliefs can shape individual lives and behaviours, giving them the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues, and enhancing pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
As a school we follow the Kirklees agreed syllabus for Religious Education. This focuses on delivering an engaging and stimulating Religious Education to help nurture informed and resilient responses to misunderstandings, stereotyping and division. The syllabus encourages RE lessons to be a place of integrity and security within which difficult or ‘risky’ questions can be tackled within a safe but challenging context.
Our Religious Education curriculum includes a balance of three aims and intentions:
- Developing a knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and other world views.
- Expressing ideas and insights through questioning about beliefs and through investigation.
- Responding to important questions for individuals and the wider community.
These three aims enable children to investigate and reflect of the most fundamental questions asked by people, to which we develop the children's knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths and address fundamental questions concerning the meaning of life and meaning of faith.
By the end their journey at Diamond Wood Community Academy, we hold the expectation that the children will have extended their knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs, demonstrating a progression of skills, questioning and knowledge throughout Nursery to Year 2. There will be clear development in their religious vocabulary and ability to interpret religious symbols in a variety of forms and understanding and reflection on the meanings of these. As a result of this, they should hold the capability to explore ultimate questions of beliefs and values in relation to a range of contemporary issues in our ever changing society whilst offering their own thoughtful and informed insight into religious and world views. On moving on in their educational journey we hope all pupils will become confident in learning to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.
At Diamond Wood Community Academy, our main focus for the year in terms of our Religious Education (R.E) curriculum is to review current content and coverage, ensuring progression of knowledge and skills throughout school, from Nursery to Year Two. We have adopted the Kirklees agreed syllabus and use it to guide our teaching and learning, whilst ensuring lessons are adapted to meet the individual needs of our children and community.
We have swiftly targeted R.E and SMSC development as a priority following the Covid-19 school closures and built our Recovery Curriculum upon this. Additional training has been provided for all members of staff alongside regular support and guidance.
We follow a values-based approach and all curriculum areas, including R.E are based upon our five core values. These are; Friendship, Honesty, Co-operation, Responsibility and Respect. This year we are also aiming to introduce new key themes which allow us to focus more directly on embedding fundamental British values. All subject leads are now working closely together to ensure they are embedded throughout all areas of our curriculum.
All teaching staff and educational teaching assistants in school will be working hard over the year to develop their own R.E subject knowledge and gain a clearer understanding of the skills and knowledge taught within each year group and how this progresses. They will develop their understanding of the EYFS areas of learning: PSED, P&C and UW. They will understand how these areas of learning form firm foundations for R.E and SMSC development as children progress into Key Stage One and throughout the rest of their lives.
Over the year we will be auditing and reviewing the resources available in school to support teaching and learning with the aim of ensuring new, high-quality resources are available to enhance the delivery of our curriculum.
As a school and as a subject, we are working hard to ensure our children receive a rich and varied exposure to key vocabulary. In order to support this, teachers are now encouraged to add a ‘Vocabulary we will learn today’ section into all RPHSE lessons. We will also be developing a clear vocabulary progression map.
Festivals and Celebrations
Every year in school we celebrate festivals and celebrations as a school. We spend the whole day learning about why and how people celebrate. The children take part in fun and exciting activities based around the festival/celebration.
Our School Values
At Diamond Wood Community Academy our vision is ‘A place to grow, a place to shine’. Within our vision we incorporate 5 Core Values; friendship, respect, honesty, co-operation and responsibility. Values are principles that drive our behaviour. They influence our relationships with others and determine the way we behave. We want Diamond Wood Community Academy to be a place where both children and adults experience values in a positive way.
Each Value is introduced at the beginning of each half term during assembly, within the PSHE curriculum and through poster displays in classrooms. We encourage ideas to be shared during class discussion, to reinforce the principles of each Value, which are then shared with parents via our school newsletter.
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Click here to read how we promote SMSC through our RE Curriculum