Religious Education at St Andrew's

What do children learn in RE?
We follow the Chester Diocesan Scheme for RE enhanced by resources from Understanding Christianity resources. Our planning follows a rolling programme and there are four cycles of planning. For 2021/22 we are following Cycle A and B with FS2 following Cycle C.
 Children learn about the Christian concepts of:
- Good News
- God
- Christian Community
- Incarnation
- Kingdom of God
- Forgiveness
- Salvation
- Resurrection
- Discipleship
- Creation
- Holy Spirit
In addition children also learn about some World Faiths and non-religious world views.
A different concept is the focus for a half term and where possible linked with the liturgical calendar e.g. salvation and resurrection concepts will be taught around Easter time.
Our Concepts and Our Vision
In November 2021 we produced our own frieze of the Big Story of the Bible. When we look at the frieze we can use it to help us understand all our concepts which we learn about in our RE. We are finding out about how these concepts form the Big Story of the Bible. At St Andrew's we are also learning about how our vision is evident in the Big Story of the Bible. We enjoy looking for different aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit within our frieze panels.
Our Virtual World Faith Workshops  April 2021
After waiting for a long time, due to school closures we have been able to have our Virtual World Faith Trips. Children have learnt about Global Christianity, Islam and Judaism through these workshops. 
The Learning Journey
Children have an individual RE book as well as contributing to a whole class RE book where discussions, debates and other whole class activities are recorded.
Our concept symbols help the children to become familiar with the concepts they will encounter within their RE lessons.
At St Andrew's, we encourage the children to show tolerance and mutual respect for those from other faiths and no faith at all. Through our RE lessons the children develop their understanding for other faiths.
We took part in Interfaith Week 2020 and produced a whole school welcome banner which now hangs in our entrance hall for all to see. Many children also created welcome posters at home which will be displayed around the school grounds when we are all together again.
In 2021 our links with the Wirral Deen Centre have developed enabling us to record an interview for the children to use in their learning about Islam (in the current lockdown situation). The children were also very excited to be asked to contribute some art for a piece of artwork to be displayed in the Wirral Deen Centre. Children have used Islamic Art to inspire their designs.
For Interfaith Week 2021 we made Interfaith Pledges to combat climate change and considered how those of all faiths and no faith can work together. We were really proud of on of our Y3 children who won the badge competition run by Wirral Deen Centre. As a school we were delighted to be part of an exhibition for the community at Birkenhead Library.
We have implemented a thorough assessment cycle beginning with learning ladders in the children's books linked to the learning outcomes for each concept. Information from our learning ladders feeds into whole class assessment grids for each concept enabling staff to share information as children move through the year groups.
The key skills children develop in RE are also very valuable, and so we look carefully at the skills we feel the children develop through their RE and record these in our Progression Maps.
Our Assessment Cycle below shows our assessment process in more detail.
Important Reference Documents