Religion & World Views

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RWV at Bluecoat...

A safe place in which our pupils are equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of beliefs and religions, giving them the opportunity to develop their own identities through discussion of their ideas and values.

Intent

The Devon Agreed syllabus (SACRE 2019): The principal aim of Religious Education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.

At Bluecoat, it is our intent for our pupils to be equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of beliefs and religions whilst also giving them the opportunity to develop their own identities through their ideas and values. Through the exploration of different religious beliefs, values and traditions that are followed in our multicultural society, we aim to prepare our pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. 

Our pupils are given the opportunity to wonder and reflect on life in the world today through a range of engaging units of study that uses cross-curricular learning including drama, art work and craft. Our pupils are encouraged to learn, listen and respect all religious beliefs. Through our RWV curriculum, pupils develop an understanding of the wider world and of their local beliefs.

Implementation

At Bluecoat we use the Devon and Torbay agreed syllabus 2019-2024. This syllabus reflects a broad and inclusive curriculum, exploring religion and world views. Religions are studied one at a time (systematic units) but also thematic units are included to compare the religions, beliefs and practices studied.

The agreed syllabus has three core elements which are woven together to provide a breadth and balance within teaching and learning about religions and beliefs.

What do Religion & World Views lessons look like?

As a Devon Local Authority School, Bluecoat follows the Devon agreed RE Syllabus. Providing examples of content, lesson suggestions and a comprehensive coverage map, this ensures that the teaching of Religion and World Views across the school remains consistent and relevant. A concise version of the document (including coverage map) is available below.

As well as following the Devon Syllabus for RE, teachers make the most of opportunities to link their teaching of R&WV to other areas of the curriculum, paying particular attention to our Global Partnership links with other schools around the world. 

Devon and Torbay Agreed Syllabus 2019 - 2024.pdf

What other religions do the children learn about?

Although we're a Church of England school, at Bluecoat we know that with education and understanding comes respect and tolerance. With a focus on Christianity, the Devon RE Syllabus also ensures adequate coverage across a range of different religions, with a broad spectrum across the academic year:

Getting out and about in the community

As well as offering a rich and engaging R&WV curriculum, we take pride in providing our children with real life, hands on experiences to complement their studies in the classroom.

Festival Experiences

Terry Insull at St Michael's and All Angels Church, Torrington organises visits throughout the year for each year group. These were sadly unable to take place during the pandemic which was a real loss but we are thrilled to be recommencing these visits from this year.

Every year, Year 2 visit St Michael's church in the summer term to look at the features of a church while Year 4 visit Torrington Baptist church to look at the baptism pool and learn about how the church supports the local community, including the Foodbank that is situated there.

When the children reach Year 3 they have the opportunity to go travel further afield and visit both Exeter Cathedral and Exeter Mosque. They are able to draw similarities and differences between the two religions; meet with different religious leaders; hear an Islamic call to prayer; and ask questions which delve deeply in to the two religions. The trip is always hugely well received and a real high point in the academic calendar.

Our Outstanding Work

The Bluecoat Group have been learning about The Creation Story

Celebrating Diwali in Reception

RH learnt about Diwali. They had the opportunity to try on some traditional Indian clothes and learn some Indian dancing.

Making Easter Gardens

The children in Reception celebrated Easter by making their very own Easter Gardens.

Year 3 used art in their R&WV lessons when learning about The Creation Story