RELIGIOUS EDUCATION LEADER
'ALWAYS START WITH WHY'
OUR SCHOOL VISION & INTENT
'We intend to see our children socially, morally and academically ready for the future. All in equal measure but driven by the social and moral aspects. Our journey is as much about ‘how we approach our learning’ as anything else. Learning to learn is vital for our children. A thirst to learn from mistakes, ability to bounce back from difficulties, be resilient and be independent as against a culture of ‘learned helplessness’. This will prepare them for the challenges and opportunities they may face in their future and this can foster ambition and aspiration to be the person we hope they can become. We drive and celebrate the skills and qualities that will bring this about and attempt to develop a more rounded, inclusive and understanding view of the modern wider world. Our children’s speaking, listening, confidence and presentational skills are absolutely paramount to all of this and we aim to develop these continually within a curriculum that is broad, well balanced and seizes the importance of our locality, creativity and ‘performing arts’.
OUR VISION & INTENT FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
At Mayfield, we feel R.E has the ability to reinforce and support the the delivery of our school vision: Valuing Every Achievement . Our R.E. curriculum helps us to demonstrate our moral foundation through the value we place on every person involved in the life of our school. It also consolidates our belief that everyone is unique and deserves to be treated with respect for their individuality whilst assisting us in fostering a nurturing environment where personal confidence can grow. In essence, it re-iterates our core values of trust, hope, peace, respect and forgiveness as we seek to inspire and challenge children through stimulating lessons and rich opportunities to discuss and debate important topics. Together we learn how R.E.reflects and shapes our history and contributes to the culture and creativity of our nation. Employing the universal message of the Christian parable we aim to be the Good Samaritan in our community-embracing who we are and being proud of where we live. Carrying this forward each day our unique identity is deeply rooted and R.E. underpins it.
SO OUR LATEST WORK IS.....
Our new curriculum 'When I Grow Up...' is my current focal point. I have been working with the senior leaders and class teachers on three main goals that we wish to see:.
- to ensure that the key aspects of our well-resourced R.E. curriculum demonstrate clear progression of knowledge and skills - being particularly careful to provide a stimulating range of activities for our children.
- to deliver an engaging R.E. curriculum which facilitates exciting and purposeful opportunities for developing our children's speaking and listening skills.
- to provide a relevant and rich R.E. curriculum which aims to ensure that each child leaves Mayfield knowing what followers of the main religions believe and how faith affects people's everyday life.
I am currently creating a portfolio of work and supporting teachers in the preparation of their first 'When I Grow Up...' theme and making sure these three main goals are considered alongside ensuring our religious education curriculum implements our core vision at every opportunity. Talk and debate play a crucial role in religious education I am keen to see our portfolio of evidence demonstrating learning in this manner.