'I do believe that one way to bring cultures together, to develop trust between people and countries and religions, is through educational activities and joys (such as music, art and basketball) that people share worldwide, regardless of ethnic background or religious orientation.' - Steve Kerr
As a Church of England school, the teaching of Religious Education at Bishop Hooper is central to our curriculum. The 1988 Education Act states that 'Religious Education has equal standing in relation to core subjects of the National Curriculum in that it is compulsory for all registered pupils'.
Through our Religious Education curriculum, we aim:
Religious Education is a statutory subject of the curriculum for all pupils in each year group and 'should be provided for all registered pupils except those withdrawn at the request of their parents'. (s 71 SSFA 1998)
Parents have the right to request that their child be excused from all or part of the Religious Education provided at school.
The syllabus should 'reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main, Christian, while taking into account the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain'. (s 375 (3) Education Act 1996)
We comply with the legal requirements for the teaching of Religious Education by following the Herefordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2020-25 and Understanding Christianity - Text, Impact, Connections.
Religious Education is taught on a weekly basis in each year group but is also delivered through termly whole school RE days when the pupils mix year groups and take part in activities (sometimes with parents and carers invited in to take part) designed to further enrich their understanding of a religious tradition or festival.
Lessons are planned and delivered in a variety of ways so that all children can participate fully. Interactive, practical activities linked to the themes in the syllabus and other subjects where appropriate, encourage our pupils to discuss their ideas and extend their understanding of difficult concepts and challenging questions.
Pupils' progress in Religious Education is based on the expected outcomes outlined in the Agreed Syllabus and in Understanding Christianity, which have been developed in line with guidance produced nationally. These outcomes form the basis of our school assessment system which has 10 Key performance objectives for each year group. Pupils are assessed regularly and their progress is monitored against these objectives.
Progress in Religious Education is reported termly to parents.
Religious Education at Bishop Hooper develops pupils'...
Religious Education at Bishop Hooper encourages pupils to:
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