The agreed Barnet Syllabus for Religious Education (November 2018) is the basis for our curriculum.
The aim of RE in the Agreed Syllabus is to enable students to explore different world faiths and to share their own beliefs and values. Pupils are encouraged to ask questions about the world, whilst discussing similarities and differences between the different religions and non-religious groups such as Humanist. This is enhanced further by visits to local Places of Worship and by assemblies and visitors. Artefacts are regularly used within lessons to support the children's learning.
Religious Education is taught in a one week block each half term and is recorded in Wider World books. Over the course of a religious theme, a balance of AT1 and AT2 objectives will be taught. These themes also link to our school Golden Threads which run through the whole school curriculum and have a clear progression year on year. As the children move up the school learning focuses on a larger number of religious and non-religious views, in order to give them more opportunities to recognise similarities and differences.
Plans show key questions for teachers to use as discussion or debate points and in their time at Woodridge the children will visit the local St Andrew’s Parish Church, Woodside Park Synagogue, North Finchley Mosque, the Hare Krishna Temple in Neasden and the Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple in Arnos Grove.
Religious leaders/visitors from local Places of Worship are invited into school to enhance the learning experience. Parents and staff members are also given the opportunity to come into class to share their experiences of their faith (or non-religious experiences) and throughout the year, there will be assemblies celebrating key religious festivals. Biennially, the Infant children take part in a KS1 production with a religious Christmas focus.
Big Blue Question examples:
'Are stories really important to religion?'
Blue Sky Thinkers:
RE Subject Leader - Mrs Sara Norman