Dame Ellen Pinsent School’s RE curriculum follows the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for RE. This is mainly taught through the Christian faith but will include all other faiths within the Birmingham community as well as secular life. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils both at school and in society. It also links well to British values particularly mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Pupils learn across both attainment targets; learning from faith and learning about religious traditions. There are 24 dispositions that are taught in both Key Stages (see RE Policy and Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for RE for more information). There are many natural links to the school’s PHSE and Citizenship curriculum and assembly themes.
The youngest two classes in school follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Pupils learn about the World, People and Communities, Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness, Managing Feelings and Behaviour and Making Relationships within the Understanding the World and the Personal, Social and Emotional Development areas of the EYFS. These take into account the Birmingham dispositions.
You have the right for your child to opt out of RE lessons. Please discuss this with your class teacher.
Dame Ellen Pinsent School's RE overview can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. Classes currently following the highlighted units of work. As shown on the overview, some classes have two cycles of planning. This allows allows a breadth of learning and teaching to take place. It also means that children that remain in the same class for two years will not cover different units of work.
As of this year Lions and Dolphins will be following an adjusted RE curriculum focusing on the main religious festivals.
Collective worship takes place each day. There is a whole school assembly twice a week for Star of the Week and Targets. Each Department also has a weekly assembly and collective worship takes place in classes twice a week. The majority of the acts of collective worship are mainly of a broadly Christian character.
Classes in upper school perform a class assembly each year focusing on a religious festival. The lower school classes join together for a Spring assembly. There is a whole school assembly calendar which is followed throughout the year. You have the right for your child to opt out of collective worship. Please discuss this with the class teacher.